GarageBand 2.1 updated for iPad Pro, adds 3D Touch support for iPhone 6s

GarageBand 2.0 for iOS (app icon, small)

Rejoice, iPad Pro users; GarageBand has finally been updated to accommodate the additional real estate provided by the iPad Pro’s massive 12.9″ screen. Not only that, but the release also adds support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s.

All in all, the “2.1” isn’t really indicative as to how big of a release this is. Have a look at the full change log for a glance into how much effort was put into this latest update.

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Before and after

GarageBand 2.1 change log

  • Use Live Loops to create music by triggering instrument loops and DJ-style effects in real time using Multi-Touch gestures
  • Add a virtual Drummer to your song who takes direction and performs realistic acoustic & electronic drum grooves
  • Record adjustments of any Touch instrument control knob in real time
  • Create and edit automation curves to control the volume of any track
  • Shape the sound of a Touch Instrument or audio recording using Simple EQ and Compressor
  • Plug in a bass guitar and play through vintage and modern bass amp rigs
  • Adds over 1,2000 new Apple Loops and sounds
  • Record up to 32 tracks simultaneously
  • User third-party instrument apps in your song with Audio Unit Extensions
  • Directly import or export GarageBand projects using iCloud Drive
  • Use 3D Touch to play keyboard sounds with polyphonic aftertouch
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As you can see, that’s a pretty gargantuan update for a “point” release. If you’re a big fan of GarageBand, you’ll be wanting to download this right now.

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As Apple notes on its press release, GarageBand 2.1 for iOS is bundled free with new iOS devices 32GB and larger, and is available as a free upgrade for existing users with compatible iOS 9 devices or later. For everyone else, you can purchase GarageBand for $4.99 via the App Store.

Along with GarageBand 2.1, Apple also released a brand new music oriented app called Music Memos. You can read all about Music Memos in Chris’ post.