Although it hasn’t quite been released yet, iMovie and Garageband – two of the most exciting applications so far for Apple’s second-generation iPad – are now available for download through the App Store at $4.99 each. Both applications are available on the Mac as part of the iLife software suite, but their iOS counterparts look a little more fun!
iMovie is now a universal application for all of your iOS devices, so if you’ve already purchased the app for your iPhone, you’ll be able to use it on your iPad at no extra charge. New features include a multitouch precision editor that makes movie editing a much nicer experience (iPad only), multitrack audio editing with 8 themed soundtracks and over 50 sound effects, audio recording directly into the timeline, three new themes, and lots, lots more.
Unlike iMovie, Garageband is also available for the first-generation iPad, and takes full advantage of the large multitouch display to deliver a collection of digital instruments including a keyboard, guitar, bass, and drums, that are all playable on your device. The application is packed full of amazing features that make music making for both beginners and professionals an incredibly enjoyable experience, such as the ability to hook up your electric guitar and record your jam straight into Garageband.
Both of these applications work incredibly well on the iPad, and some would argue that working with them on a touch screen device is actually preferable to sitting in from of your Mac. If you’ve played around with iMovie or Garageband on the iPad, leave us a comment and let us know what you think.