Apple just made its new iPad official, putting an end to weeks and weeks of speculation. Besides confirming changes to the tablet’s hardware specs, and the new features being introduced as part of iOS 5.1, Apple introduced new versions of many iLife apps, including updates to iWork, Garage Band, iMovie, and introducing iPhoto to the iPad.
iPhoto makes the leap from desktop to tablet with support for a host of multi-touch gesture controls. Apple’s all about making its touch-up and editing tools as easy to use as they are powerful, letting you choose how and where to apply them by just tapping on the screen wherever your photo needs a little work. As nice as the new iPad’s camera may be, anyone seriously into photography will have much more capable stand-alone camera they’ll want to import pics from; iPhoto on the iPad will handle images with resolutions up to 19 megapixels.
iMovie sees some updates focused on the production of homemade movie-trailer-style clips, with a Theater view letting you preview some of the built-in templates Apple provides, or you can take more control and start customizing things.
Garage Band adds a new Jam Session mode, where you can get together with a bunch of friends who also happen to own Apple gear and put together an impromptu virtual band. The software syncs performance information between devices, so even if you’re not the most talented musician in the world, it will try to keep you on-key and on-tempo.
The iWork suite gets a makeover for the new high-resolution iPad display, as well as few other small changes. There’s a new landscape mode for Pages, additional transition effects, and 3D charts.
All these new and updated apps are available in Apple’s App Store now.