Apple just released two new major iPad apps earlier today, iMovie and GarageBand, barely one day before the launch of the iPad 2. Both iMovie and GarageBand have been available on the Mac for years, as part of the iLife suite, and iMovie was also ported to the iPhone last year. Several limitations in both user interface and processing power allegedly prevented Apple to port the apps to the iPad, but finally, iPad users can turn their tablet into a multimedia powerhouse. GarageBand
GarageBand will turn your iPad into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio, to make music anywhere you go. The app uses a slew of multitouch gestures to let you play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses on your iPad. You can even plug an electric guitar into your iPad and play through classic amps and stompbox effects, and use the built-in microphone or a guitar to record, or capture any performance. The app offers an eight tracks mixer, to allow you to quickly create songs directly from your device. iMovie
iMovie allows you to build HD movies directly from your iPad 2 or iPhone 4. Like GarageBand, the app relies extensively on multitouch gestures to allow you to to cut, trim, copy and paste multimedia content, in order to put high quality movies together in a matter of minutes. Like its Mac counterpart, the app allows you to add videos, photos, music, transitions, themes, titles and sound effects. Both apps cost $4.99. Note that GarageBand is only compatible with the iPad (first and second generation), while iMovie is only compatible with the iPad 2, as well as the iPhone 4 and the fourth generation iPod touch (first generation iPad users, you’re out of luck). For more details, click here for GarageBand, and here for iMovie.