Apple just updated two of its multimedia apps for the iPhone and the iPad, namely iMovie and GarageBand. Little by little, Apple is fine-tuning its apps to take advantage of the processing power offered by the A4 (iPhone 4 and iPad 1), as well as the A5 (upcoming iPhone 4GS/5 and iPad 2), and the updated apps offer a slew of additional features, including additional import/export formats and interfaces, to help iOS users turn their devices into multimedia powerhouses. 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. What’s New in Version 1.0.1 (GarageBand) • Support for audio output over AirPlay, Bluetooth devices and HDMI with the Apple Digital AV Adapter. • Import of AIFF, WAV, CAF audio files and Apple Loops (16 bit, 44.1 kHz). • Allows copy and paste of audio from supported apps into GarageBand. • Addresses occurrences of GarageBand freezing while playing Smart Instruments. • Improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues. 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. What’s New in Version 1.2.1 • Audio plays from your HDTV when using the Apple Digital AV Adapter. • Video plays full screen from Marquee to your HDTV when using the Apple Digital AV Adapter. • Resolves some cases of missing media in projects. • Provides more accurate clip grouping by date in Video browser. • Fixes an issue where a project’s background music would not fade in or out. • Additional performance and reliability improvements. The updated versions are free for users who already own the apps, otherwise, each app will set you back $4.99 – a small price to pay given the amount of features offered by the apps. 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).