Apple has announced the release of its iMovie and GarageBand Applications for the iPad at its iPad 2 announcement event. This new application featuring brand new interfaces optimized for a larger screen, the new versions are set to take advantage of the large screen size and touch screen capabilities to provide a new way of working with user created content.
GarageBand is a new addition for the iOS platform. It features 8 tracks of recording and mixing, as well as over 250 loops to be used in projects. Projects are compatible with the Mac version. Musicians can use on-screen instruments or plug in a physical guitar, and GarageBand uses some features impossible in the Mac version to enhance the feel of virtual instruments. For example, to detect a harder hit of the piano key, GarageBand uses the accelerometer to detect the force of the hit.
iMovie will include features expected from the Mac version, such as precision editing, multitrack audio recording, and themes. iMovie will include over 50 sound effects, and users can also record their own audio. Projects are laid out in a stylized movie theatre setting, providing snapshots of projects in front of a brick wall backdrop.
iMovie and GarageBand will cost $4.99 and will be out on March 11th.