Like yesterday’s release of iOS 4.3, Apple is moving ahead of schedule and has released the new Garageband app for the iPad as well as an update for its previously-released iMovie app that adds compatibility for the iPad today. Apple had announced at last week’s media event that these apps would not be available until Friday, March 11 to coincide with the release of the iPad 2.
iMovie is a movie editing app available for the Mac and iOS. The iOS version was initially released for the iPhone 4 last June and allows users to apply themes and add music, photos, and special effects to videos. This latest version of the iOS iMovie app is compatible only with the new iPad 2, iPhone 4, and 4th-generation iPod touch.
Garageband is a music creation and editing app also available for the Mac and now iOS. It offers several virtual instruments including a grand piano, organ, guitars, drums, and a bass. Users can also connect a guitar directly to the iPad. The app provides 8 track recording and mixing, guitar amps and effects, over 250 loops, and the ability to email completed songs in AAC format.
Garageband is compatible with the iPad (first and second generation) running iOS 4.2 or higher only.
Both apps cost $4.99 each and are available for purchase in the App Store now.