Apple releases GarageBand, iMovie for iPad 2

Apple has posted GarageBand for iPad (US$4.99) which turns your iPad into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses on your iPad. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy a full range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use the built-in microphone or a guitar to record, or capture any performance. Then mix up to eight tracks to create a song you can share.

Play your iPad like a musical instrument.
• Perform on dozens of musical instruments on the innovative Multi-Touch keyboard.
• Tap out beats from the seat of acoustic and electronic drum kits.
• Recreate legendary guitar rigs on your iPad with 9 amps and 10 stompbox effects.
• Record your voice using the built-in microphone, and apply fun sound effects.
• Use the Sampler to create an instrument from sounds you record, then play them on a keyboard.

Sound like a virtuoso with Smart Instruments.
• Tap chords to instantly create keyboard grooves with the Smart Keyboard.
• Strum chords on acoustic and electric Smart Guitars, or trigger fingerpicking patterns for popular chords.
• Groove with an onscreen electric or upright Smart Bass by tapping on chords.
• Drag drum instruments onto a grid to create your own beats with the Smart Drums.

Create a song anywhere you go.
• Arrange and mix your song with up to eight tracks using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops.
• Trim and place musical regions exactly where you want them to play.
• Use the Mixer to fine-tune each track’s volume – solo or mute any track, or adjust pan, reverb, and echo.
• Use over 250 professionally prerecorded loops as a backing band to your song.

Share your songs.
• Email songs right from your iPad (AAC).
• Export your song and add it to the iTunes library on your Mac or PC.
• Send a project to your Mac and open it in GarageBand to continue refining your song.

More info about and download link for GarageBand for iPad here.

Apple also updated iMovie (US$4.99) to version 1.2 with the following new features:

• Universal app designed for iPad 2, iPhone 4, and iPod touch (4th generation).
• Multi-Touch Precision Editor (iPad only).
• Multitrack audio editing with 8 themed soundtracks and over 50 bundled sound effects.
• Audio recording directly into the timeline.
• Audio waveforms (iPad only).
• Three new themes — Neon, Simple, and CNN iReport.
• HD sharing directly to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and CNN iReport.
• AirPlay support for sharing to Apple TV (compatible only with second-generation Apple TV; requires iOS 4.3 or later).
• Project transfer to your computer and compatible iOS devices through iTunes.
• Ability to add titles on photos.
• Option to add fade-in from black and fade-out to black.
• Numerous enhancements, including trimming in Video Browser, in-use markers, video rotation, and more.

More info about and download link for iMovie for iPad via Apple’s iTunes App Store here.


  1. This by far was the most exciting thing released by apple so far this year. And yea I’m including iPad 2. When I bought the iPad I envisioned this happening so u can imagine my excitement when my dream became reality but after all that is what apple does. This is magical!

  2. This App is incredible. Apple really set the bar, GarageBand is soooooo much fun. The velocity sensing is pure genius too. And, even tho I know how to play a guitar and keyboard, the Smart Instruments are way cool. Lots of live performance possibilities there.

  3. i am completely blown away by GarageBand for iPad. Every time I think that I’ve uncovered everything this app can do, there’s more. It’s going to make a great mobile podcasting/interviewing solution. I do consulting for startups and people going into business for themselves, and one of my clients is a singer/songwriter musician. I emailed him the link and told him that he should use GarageBand on his iPad to do podcasts and updates while he’s out and about on tour each day. He can record music live out of the amp, record a separate audio commentary track, and slap it all together to push out a quick, fifteen minute podcast.

    Now, if only Apple would release an official version of iPhoto for the iPad and show everyone how things can really be done! Just as iLife made the Macs supremely easy to use, so too will an iLife suite on iPad make tablets easy to use…and suck people deeper into the Apple ecosystem 🙂

  4. Looking forward to having the ability to send GarageBand for iPad projects to MobileMe or Dropbox so that friends can work on them.

    Hopefully they’ll include this feature in an update soon.

  5. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Garageband. When the demo started at the Apple event, I was ready for a snoozer. I thought that Apple was simply shoehorning another media editor into the an iOS device *cough* iMovie *cough*, but once the smart instruments started demoing, the potential of this app was made clear to me.

    As several others have pointed out, this is a significant piece of software for Apple. Anyone agnostic playing with it for 10 minutes will be an instant Cupertino convert.

  6. But, but… the Zoom and Android is better because…

    It is stuff like this that makes the iPad just shine.

    I have to keep reminding people that the camera adapter works with USB Midi. Plug in a big old midi keyboard and fire up MiniSynth Pro and be ready to be in awe.

  7. For 5 bucks it’s a no brainer. Even if you don’t have a musical bone in your body. It’s fun.

    The sting is connecting my Strat,to the thing.. hmm there’s always something that’s gonna bite your ass somewhere..

    Can be get these connectors just a little lower in price? Please.

    Despite that gripe. A very cool App.

  8. Apple has made the iMovie App for iPad2 only – why?

    Apple is going to pi** off 15 million customers for no good reason.
    The demo movie on the website advertising the App was clearly not made using the camera on the iPad 2 – so why introduce this needless handicap for the iPad1 owners. If it works on a touch it not a processor power issue.
    Apple is in daner of getting a reputation like Microshaft if they continue like this

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