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First look: Apple's new GarageBand for iPad, updated iMovie for iOS

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Apple on Thursday released the all-new GarageBand for iPad, and updated its iMovie application, adding a new look, new features and compatibility with the iPad 2. AppleInsider offers a first look at the newly released software.

Both iLife applications were demonstrated last week by Apple, and can now be purchased, for $4.99 apiece from the App Store. They arrive a day earlier than was previously expected, and also before the new, faster iPad 2 is set to go on sale.

GarageBand simplifies music creation

GarageBand for iPad is compatible with both the first-generation iPad, and the new iPad 2. It takes full advantage of the 9.7-inch multi-touch display on the iPad, and therefore is not compatible with the iPhone or iPod touch.

GarageBand is available on the App Store for $4.99. it offers a collection of touch instruments, including a keyboard, guitar, bass and drums, that allow users to make music anywhere they go.

Users can also access "smart" versions of instruments, allowing them to easily compose music without necessarily knowing how to play. A built-in audio recorder and sampler lets content creators add their own sounds and samples as well.

For those who have an electric guitar, using an accessory to plug the instrument into the iPad allows them to take advantage of the software's built-in guitar amp. The amp comes with different sounds and customizable configurations with stomp boxes.



For a beginner to music, GarageBand could offer an introductory understanding of chords and notes on a musical instrument. The smart instruments will also allow just about anyone to pick it up and start making music.



With the smart guitar, for example, a choice of chords is presented. Users can select a chord to hear it strummed out, or even individually pluck the strings to play all of the notes in the chord. Switching to notes mode works similarly, letting users explore different sounds of a guitar without even owning one.

Unique strumming styles can also be chosen, and users need only pick chords to hear them played. Stringing these together to write or perform a song is simple and fun.

With smart drums, different sounds can be placed on a grid to make different forms of percussion come together to create a beat. Sounds can be arranged from loud to soft, and simple to complex, offering a near infinite number of possibilities and combinations for customization.



The iPad's multi-touch screen works very quickly with GarageBand. Even on a first-generation iPad, there is no noticeable lag and the application runs very smoothly.



iMovie gets new look, features

iMovie is a universal application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, but it is only compatible with the camera-equipped iPad 2, set for release on Friday. Because the iPad 2 is not available yet, the updated software is shown here on an iPhone 4.

iMovie for iOS (iTunes link) is a $4.99 application that is compatible with the iPad 2, iPhone 4, or fourth-generation iPod touch. Earlier devices are not supported.



Apple has tweaked the interface of the application with a new look and various improvements. Upon booting the new iMovie, users are greeted with a main menu that's designed to look like a retro movie theater, complete with marquee.



One new addition to iMovie is a CNN iReport theme for movies. The addition makes it easy for users to format their content in a style that fits with the 24-hour news channel.

Stories can also be submitted directly to CNN iReport from the iMovie application, as well as to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo. Content can also be saved to the phone's camera roll, or transferred to or from a user's local iTunes library via the application's file sharing feature.



Users can now fade in from black and fade out to black within iMovie. Clips can be dragged, cut and pieced together using multi-touch gestures, and music and voiceovers can be added to clips.

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GarageBand is amazing, and I can't wait for the 4.3 untethered jailbreak and iMovie for iPad 1 hack.

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Yes, Garage Band and iMovie are great apps for end users. But Apple is also sending this message to developers: "Here's what we can do on iOS. See if you can do better."

Developers are going to respond, and that's a great thing.

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I have been playing with GarageBand on my iPad 1...

Long story, short -- it's amazing.

Creatives: musicians, composers, singers will buy the iPad so they can run this app.

Can't wait to see what a touch interface brings to Mac GarageBand and the Pro apps including Logic.

related rant:

Gonna' buy 2 iPad 2s tomorrow.

If it is as good as they say then MSFT better bust it's butt to get Word and Excel on the iPad -- likewise Adoobie-Doo with photoshop, and Autodesk...

All 'board, this train's leaving' the station and goin' to glory.

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GarageBand is simply awesome - I've never played the guitar in my life, but after 20 minutes, I think I can give Prince a run for his money.

With both of these apps, I'd like the ability to wirelessly import/export from/to iTunes/iPhoto/GarageBand.
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Yes, Garage Band and iMovie are great apps for end users. But Apple is also sending this message to developers: "Here's what we can do on iOS. See if you can do better."

Developers are going to respond, and that's a great thing.

I don't mind dropping cash for an app a developer has poured his heart and soul into - I can hardly wait.
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How is this a "First Look" ?

No one has "GarageBand for iOS yet.

This is just repeating verbally last week's demo.
This isn't a "First Look".
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How is this a "First Look" ?

No one has "GarageBand for iOS yet.

This is just repeating verbally last week's demo.
This isn't a "First Look".

What are you talking about? GarageBand is compatible with the first gen iPad - and I've been playing with it for a few hours now.
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I think these two apps finally show the advantage of the larger screen is more than just a luxury; it transforms what the user is capable of doing with multitouch.
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iMovie is a universal application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, but it is only compatible with the camera-equipped iPad 2, set for release on Friday. Because the iPad 2 is not available yet, the updated software is shown here on an iPhone 4.

That is kind of a bummer. I thought they would just omit the camera feature but let you edit. Maybe the iPad 1 doesn't have enough horsepower for the new iMovie and they just didn't want people to have a compromised user experience. I'm sure they wouldn't be simply trying to persuade existing users to upgrade their hardware for no other reason except lack of a camera, would they?

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Very creative applications. What a convenience at such cheap price.
Opens the door to more such creative apps. The possibilities are endless.
Shows another advantage of iPad over its competitors.
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I think these two apps finally show the advantage of the larger screen is more than just a luxury; it transforms what the user is capable of doing with multitouch.

I read recently that, by 2012, HP plans to have WebOS run on all of its computers (in addition to Windows).

I wonder if HP plans to offer multitouch displays and/or tablet interfaces to all its computers.


There is just so, so much potential with multi-touch and large displays (even big-assed table[t]s).


With hindsight, it is apparent what Apple was doing when the redesigned the Mac iMove UI a few years back.
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Yes, Garage Band and iMovie are great apps for end users. But Apple is also sending this message to developers: "Here's what we can do on iOS. See if you can do better."

Developers are going to respond, and that's a great thing.

Exactly, Apple has set the bar very high with those two apps. Not to mention iPad iWork suite. It will be interesting to see the Apps that come out.
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GB on iPad (1 and 2) replaces thousands of dollars of equipment. An incredible achievement that will send all other app makers scrambling to improve, and send millions to the Apple Store to purchase! Yay, Apple!

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Very creative applications. What a convenience at such cheap price.
Opens the door to more such creative apps. The possibilities are endless.
Shows another advantage of iPad over its competitors.


Think of it!

For $499 + $5 you can buy a an iPad + GB -- that's way less than the price of a good guitar * ...

... oh, and you get drums, pianos, synths, recorder, etc. thrown in at no extra cost...


I gotta go find my iPod HiFi -- to see if I can use it as a speaker for iPad/GB.


* I wonder if they'll offer an Acoustic Guitar with a hole in the sound board like Willie's


Edit: I bet it will work with the iPod HiFi -- but I need to get a new extender cable -- the one I have doesn't doo all the pinouts.


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Think of it!

For $499 + $5 you can buy a an iPad + GB -- that's less than the price of a good guitar...

... oh, and you get drums, pianos, synths, recorder, etc. thrown in at no extra cost...


I gotta go find my iPod HiFi -- to see if I can use it as a speaker for iPad/GB.

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I get bleary-eyed just thinking about tomorrow...! Gotta get one!

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What are you talking about?
GarageBand is compatible with the first gen iPad ....

Really ?!?
Holy Smokes ....
I have ZERO idea ....

Downloading now!
Thanks for the unnecessary chastisment/heads-up !
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Is there a way to use a mic/connect a mic on the iPad ? Like how you can connect a guitar to the iPad with an adapter.
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F'ck'n A. Absolutely agree. Go for it!
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Is there a way to use a mic/connect a mic on the iPad ? Like how you can connect a guitar to the iPad with an adapter.

There is mic in as part of the earphone jack.
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Apple meticulously plan their things. Everything fit and work together like perfectly designed piece of a puzzle. Simply Magical. These will create a whole wave of ideas from developers very soon.
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I think these two apps finally show the advantage of the larger screen is more than just a luxury; it transforms what the user is capable of doing with multitouch.




I totally agree with you. Steve Jobs is proven right yet again about the form factor and the screen size. See how both apps perfectly fit the screen size of the iPad.
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Tomorrow (Lord willin') we will be a all-iPad household.

I just bought a $529 refurb 64GB Wifi for my second grandson (he's giving his (same model) to the other grandson).

My daughter gets my 64GB WiFi+3G.

My granddaughter saved for a new 64GB WiFi 1Pad 2.

I will get a 64GB WiFi+3G iPad 2.


... we will pay a little extra to be sure each iPad has a good set of earphones... necessity!

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Does Garageband allow to plug in a Piano? I recall that iOS 4.2 introduced coreMIDI which allowed a MIDI piano to be plugged in via the USB dock adapter to be used by Apps that are programmed to take advantage of that, but I haven't seen anywhere mention that Garageband allows it.
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These will create a whole wave of ideas from developers very soon ....

Not to mention the renewed interest in similar devlopment for BBW/Android/WebOS/WP7 tablets, too !!

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!
Sometimes I just crack myself up ....
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Can you export the "Project" back to your Mac?
Or just a finished movie...

Also, the iPhone 4 uses the same A4 chip that iPad 1 uses - so there's no excuse for iMovie to not work on an iPad 1. (obviously except for recording video)
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Not to mention the renewed interest in similar devlopment for BBW/Android/WebOS/WP7 tablets, too !!

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!
Sometimes I just crack myself up ....

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Can you export the "Project" back to your Mac?
Or just a finished movie...

Also, the iPhone 4 uses the same A4 chip that iPad 1 uses - so there's no excuse for iMovie to not work on an iPad 1. (obviously except for recording video)

This is just conjecture, but you can import GarageBand projects from your computer to the iPad's version, so I would assume you can do the same the other way.

Leading me to believe the same is true of iMovie projects, but we'll have to wait and see.

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Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post

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Tomorrow (Lord willin') we will be a all-iPad household.

I just bought a $529 refurb 64GB Wifi for my second grandson (he's giving his (same model) to the other grandson).

My daughter gets my 64GB WiFi+3G.

My granddaughter saved for a new 64GB WiFi 1Pad 2.

I will get a 64GB WiFi+3G iPad 2.


... we will pay a little extra to be sure each iPad has a good set of earphones... necessity!

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Nice! I picture you and your family jamming all thru the night. So good jamming to you.
I will still have to wait for the rollout of the iPad2 in our country. But what's nice, I can tryout GarageBand allready on the iPad1. I really didn't expect this to be possible. (I hoped so of course)
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Sure, it is quite a deal! Can't get any better than that.
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... iMovie for iOS (iTunes link) is a $4.99 application that is compatible with the iPad 2, iPhone 4, or fourth-generation iPod touch. Earlier devices are not supported. ...

You also have to have iOS 4.3 installed before you can download it. Which I think is the first time they've ever done that.
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Man, you'll be able to shoot your own movie, add your own soundtracks, titles, effects -- render and publish ...

...this is the new Prosumer solution of the year.

... Now, if it only ran a proper OS and only could be used to create content.

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One new addition to iMovie is a CNN iReport theme for movies. The addition makes it easy for users to format their content in a style that fits with the 24-hour news channel.

Excellent! It has a 'Tell a lie' button! Or is it a slider?
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There is mic in as part of the earphone jack.

Oh yeah huh haha.

But is it possible to connect an external mic with an adapter?
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The thing that impressed me the most at the event was the Garage Band demonstration. As a former musician I can see that the technology in this program is awesome. A person with talent could create professional music with this.

I need to know how to get my Flip video camera movies into the iPad 2 and edit them. I don't need an iPad but I want to get one. Once I get my Ubuntu 10.04 working in all areas I'll sell my Mac Book and just use iTunes in Vista. I don't have much use for Vista but iTunes would be one of the three programs that require a Windows environment.

Can I live without my Mac? I think I can. It is mostly used for surfing the web, editing movies, and watching internet TV. One thing it does that I don't know how to do in Ubuntu yet is control my HP printer/scanner. There are many resolution controls with the HP software that I don't think will work with Linux. Maybe that'll be another thing I'll leave up to Vista.

Could you live without a Mac and have an iPad as your only Apple device? I'm talking about computing devices not phones or iPods (even though they are tiny computers too).
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Is there a way to use a mic/connect a mic on the iPad ? Like how you can connect a guitar to the iPad with an adapter.

I'm hoping for the same thing. There is a plug in mic for the iPhone, but I'd like some way to have the iPad on the table in front of me with a mic (preferably two) in front of the sound (musician, speaker, river).

Some company is bound to come out with something soon.

I hope.


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A little bit of searching and I found a mic that the maker says will be available soon.

http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/mike.php

 

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Love the app. My son had fun with it today. What I find interesting is that the app only works in landscape mode. This violates Apple own HIG and app store rule. The first ipad app I have submitted for approval last year was rejected because it didn't provide the same functionality in when held in landscape. It was approved once this was corrected.
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I think these two apps finally show the advantage of the larger screen is more than just a luxury; it transforms what the user is capable of doing with multitouch.

Not only do these apps showcase what can be done with touch, they begin to bring to fruition Apple's vision of a device that disappears into the app.

The iPad is, for all intents and purposes, a screen. The changes to the iPad 2 increase the sense of almost no hardware behind that front surface. Each application is then free to create whatever environment is required to transform the iPad into a device entirely for that task.

With GarageBand, Apple has transformed the iPad into a number of musical instruments, a mixing and editing console and multitrack audio recorder. When the iPad is running the guitar app, it's a virtual guitar device. Not a computer running a virtual guitar program, but that device, entire.

I think this is another point of differentiation between the iPad and the competition. With Honeycomb, Google seems to be interested in making tablets more desktop computer like, with lots of persistent system cruft and and an emphasis on flashy app switching and desktop behaviors. Apple has a different idea about tablets, that they are properly chimera-- that the combination of being basically all screen and a touch interface allows the iPad to become entirely different things in succession, not one thing running a number of apps within a computer context.
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