Apple is today expected to release iMovie 3 and iPhoto 2 as downloadable applications, and make its integrated digital-hub suite iLife available.

US reports indicate iLife product is already available over the counter at some Apple Stores. iLife should become available at resellers worldwide from today. It costs £39 in the UK. It contains iTunes 3, iPhoto 2, iMovie 3 and iDVD 3. Only iDVD 3 is unavailable for free download.

iPhoto 2 contains new tools to fix brightness, contrast and color, and introduces a new touch-up tool and DVD and CD burning feature. It also lets users select music for photo albums or slideshows.

iMovie 3 offers the capacity to pan and zoom still images, 18 new video effects and 35 new titles. It also offers an improved timeline and support for chapters and titles for users who want to record their movie to DVD.

iDVD 3 for Macs including SuperDrive lets users combine movies, photos and music to create DVDs. It offers "Hollywood-style" DVD menus as well as 24 new themes. It also lets users employ chapter and menu markers so viewers can find particular scenes.

All four applications included in the iLife suite have been rewritten to offer better integration than ever before.

Neither iPhoto 2 nor iMovie 3 are available for download at time of writing. More information, and links to the download sites (when launched) is available here.