During Apple’s iPad 2 event on Wednesday, the company also announced and showed off the upcoming GarageBand for iPad app, a version of Apple’s music creation software that’s part of iLife.
Apple has also included support for pressure sensitivity into the app. GarageBand uses the iPad’s accelerometers to determine the amount of force with which each finger taps, much like a piano’s mechanical keyboard does in real life, producing softer or louder sounds in response. The guitar simulator also supports a palm-muting technique of sorts to produce a dampened sound by holding a finger steady over the instrument’s strings.
Even users unfamiliar with the art of making music have something to look forward to. GarageBand supports smart instruments, which make it possible to play chords at the touch of a button. And that’s not all: once your masterpiece is complete, you can share it with friends via e-mail, or send it to your iTunes library for your personal enjoyment.
GarageBand for iPad will be available on March 11 through the App Store for cost $5. At press time, the company had not yet announced whether the app, which will launch alongside the new iPad 2, will be compatible with the first version of the iPad.