∞ Pictures: Apple introduces iMovie, GarageBand for iPad

Apple on Wednesday introduced the iPad 2 at an event in San Francisco, but there were a couple of surprise app announcements for the platform too.

[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]iMovie and GarageBand will soon make their debut for the iPad. The two apps should do very well on the iPad considering the extra screen real-estate that the device has over the iPhone.

I’m especially looking forward to using GarageBand. It’s an application that I’ve been using on my Mac for years, so it will be very familiar. It loks like Apple did a nice job of bringing the app to the iPad too.

According to Apple, GarageBand features a collection of touch instruments and an 8-track recording studio, allowing you to perform with onscreen keyboards, guitars, drums and basses using multi-touch gestures.

Having used iMovie on the iPhone, I think this app will most certainly benefit from the larger display of the iPad. Apple says that with iMovie, iPad 2 users can shoot and edit videos right on their iPad and post their movies to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and their MobileMe gallery.

You can also watch the created movies on the iPod, iPhone or iPad, as well as view them on an HDTV using AirPlay and Apple TV.

Here are some shots of iMovie and GarageBand: