Apple iPad 2 apps: iMovie and GarageBand on launch

Two of iLife's pimpest apps coming to iPad

The iPad living up to its billing as a "post PC" device.

So the iPad 2 is thinner, lighter, whiter and more powerful, but perhaps a more more groundbreaking announcement from yesterday's launch event was the impending arrival of two of Apple's most powerful applications in tablet form.

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Yes, Apple's excellent beginners' video editing software iMovie has made the transition from it's brilliant iPhone 4 iteration to arrive on the iPad, and will be joined by Mac's legendary music creation tool GarageBand.

iMovie brings full screen HD video editing to your iPad 2. Features will include a precision editor which allows you to perfectly tailor the video clips using the touchscreen, a multi-track audio editor which means you can bring in tracks from your iTunes library. There'll also be 50 new sound effects and a range of new themes.

The new HDMI adapter will mean you'll be able to play back your movies in HD on your TV set, while the app enables budding videographers to share their work with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and CNN's iReport citizen journalist type channel. Video podcasters can also send it to iTunes.

iPhone 4 and first gen iPad owners fear not, the update is universal and will come to all platforms on March 11th, although it remains unclear whether UK fans will have to wait until the 25th.

The other big hitter was, of course, GarageBand. The wow feature here has to be the on-screen piano which not only allows you to play in all octaves and scales, but is now sensitive to your touch. If you press harder or softer on the keys the output will be different, you know, like an actual piano.

There's also drum kits, drum machines, guitars and synthesisers to to assist you with creating your masterpiece on the 8-track recording tool. They're called "smart instruments" because, according to Apple you don't need to be a musician to play them. If you want to refine your project you can send it to your Mac and continue editing. Very cool.

The apps will cost $4.99, which will probably translate to around £2.99 in Olde English pounds, will be available on launch day, which is March 11th in the US and March 25th in 26 other countries, including the UK. Less than the price of a pint for these tremendously powerful apps? That represents great value from Apple.

Link: Apple