iMovie 3.0 promises to boost your video storytelling with pre-made templates, Magic Movie and other new features

Apple has released iMovie 3.0 for iOS, bringing templates that let anyone, not just real video editors, create engaging footage in popular social media formats.

An iPhone screenshot showcasing the Magic Movie feature in iMovie 3.0
Image credit: Apple
  • Apple has launched iMovie 3.0 with new features aimed at content creators who want to create engaging videos but aren’t necessarily experts at video editing.
  • The app includes a bunch of ready-made templates optimized for the most popular video formats, resolutions and aspect ratios used on social media.
  • A new feature called Magic Movie will intelligently create a movie out of a bunch of pictures, videos and music you throw at its feet.

iMovie launches Storyboards and Magic Movie

Apple provides the Clips app which is great for creating the kinds of short, interesting videos that people like to consume on social media. iMovie, Apple’s more powerful free video editor for iOS, iPadOS and macOS, is only catching up now with new features of its own, including Storyboards and Magic Movie.

Storyboards helps aspiring content creators and moviemakers learn to edit and improve their video storytelling skills with pre-made templates for popular types of videos shared on social, with colleagues, or with classmates—videos like DIYs, cooking tutorials, product reviews, science experiments and more.

As for the Magic Movie feature:

Magic Movie instantly creates a polished video from the clips and photos a user selects, automatically adding transitions, effects, and music to the edit. Both new features include a range of styles to help personalize the final look and feel of a video, including titles, filters, transitions, color palettes, and music, all designed to work together.

iMovie for iOS was bumped to version 10.3.2, with the Mac edition getting a version number of 3.0. All of the new features announced today are available in iMovie for iOS. The Mac version was only updated with the ability to import your Magic Movie and Storyboard projects from the iOS version and use them in your timeline. Read: How to create a picture-in-picture video in iMovie for iPhone, iPad and Mac

iMovie 3.0 release notes

The following new features, enhancements, improvements and fixes are mentioned in App Store release notes for iMovie 3.0 for the iPhone and iPad.

  • Get started, learn and be inspired by two brand-new types of video projects: Magic Movie and Storyboards
  • Create a Magic Movie to instantly make and share custom videos with titles, transitions and music in just a few taps
  • Select an album of photos and videos, and Magic Movie will create a polished video using your media
  • Start with a Storyboard project to improve your storytelling skills using a template that guides you through the video-making process
  • Choose from 20 Storyboards for common video projects like Cooking, DIY, Q&A, Product Review and Book Report
  • Customize and organize your storyboard video by adding, reordering and grouping shots within the flexible shot list
  • Learn different types of video framing and storytelling techniques with the shot tips provided in each type of storyboard
  • Record video or take photos right into each Storyboard placeholder clip or add media from your Photos library
  • Enhance your Magic Movie or Storyboard video with 20 dynamic styles that include title layouts, fonts, filters, color palettes and music
  • Go further by editing clips with tools like trim, split and clip speed
  • Apply title treatments, record voiceover narration or adjust the depth-of-field effect in Cinematic mode video clips to further customize your videos (requires iPhone 13, 6th generation iPad mini, 11-inch iPad Pro or 3rd generation or later 12.9-inch iPad Pro).
  • Import Magic Movie and Storyboard projects into a timeline in iMovie for Mac or Final Cut Pro to take your project further (requires iMovie for Mac version 10.3.2 or Final Cut Pro version 10.6.2)
  • Save Magic Movie and Storyboard videos to your Photos library, send to friends and family via Messages or Mail or share with your followers on social media

Further information about iMovie is available at

iMovie pricing and availability

iMovie 3.0, is a free update for the iPhone and iPod touch with iOS 15.2 or later and iPads with the iPadOS 15.2 update or later. iMovie is also available on the Mac. All iMovie versions are provided at no charge [App Store link, Mac App Store link]