APP WATCH: iMovie and GarageBand for iPad 2

While the actual iPad 2 was the obvious headline act at last night's Apple press event, it wasn't the only act on the bill. Apple chose to roll out two eye-catching apps too, specifically iMovie and GarageBand for the iPad.

The first of those was always likely with the addition of a camera and video recording on the new iPad, but it's still welcomed nonetheless. If you are familiar with it for the Mac, expect much the same here, albeit with a touchscreen interface to keep things whizzing along. Those features include a precision editor, multitrack audio recording, some brand new themes, AirPlay to an Apple TV unit and the option to share videos in HD.

It's good to go with the new iPad 2, as well as the latest iPhone and iPod touch. Not the original iPad though, sadly.

If music, rather than movies, is your thing, maybe you'll be more keen on GarageBand for iPad? Again, it benefits from the touchscreen, so you can get very 'hands-on' (sort of) with the instruments. The drum kit for example, will be louder the harder you hit it / the screen. There are several touch instruments, amplifiers and effects to play with, alongside 8-track recording and mixing, over 250 loops, the option to email completed AAC files. To A&R men we guess, but maybe to your friends and family too.

$4.99 is the price of both apps in the US. No UK price as yet, but likely to be under a fiver.

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