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Top 5 apps to show off your new iPad 2

TiPb checks out the best, most must-have apps to load up as soon as you get your new iPad 2

Just get a new iPad 2 and curious which are the best, most must-have apps and games you need to install first? Want to really show off those new cameras or put that new super fast Apple A4 processor to the test? Well read on for TiPb’s top 5 most recommended, most must-have iPad 2 apps to get your started.

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Ninja Tip: How to install iMovie on the original iPad 1

Consternated that Apple won't let you install the new iMovie app on your original iPad 1 and wondering how to get around that restriction? Sure it doesn't have cameras, a fancy Apple A5 chip or 512MB of RAM but iPad 1 can still handle some light video editing so if that's what you've got and iMovie is what you want, stay with us after the break and we reckon to show you how to get it!

WARNING: It may not work on Windows, it may disappear the minute you sync again with iTunes, it could cause conflicts in syncing with iTunes requiring a restore, and could otherwise aim to misbehave. Unless you really need iMovie on your original iPad, you may want to avoid this an just get ReelDirector off the App Store.

[fscklog via 9to5Mac]

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Photo Booth on iPad 2 hands-on

Photo Booth on the iPad 2 is a fun application that applies silly effects to your camera when taking photos. It is similar to Photo Booth on the Mac and is entertaining for kids and adults alike.

Photo Booth is equipped with 8 different effects: Thermal Camera, Mirror, X-Ray, Kaleidoscope, Light Tunnel, Squeeze, Twirl, and Stretch. You can edit the effect before snapping the picture by pinching and dragging on the screen. As you take photos (from either front or rear camera) with Photo Booth, they are saved to your Camera Roll and you can see thumbnails of the images at the bottom of the screen. From here, you can easily email, copy, and delete multiple photos. Be careful though, deleting a photo from Photo Booth also deletes it from your Camera Roll.

The quality of the photos taken with the VGA front-facing camera are not by any means outstanding, but given the nature of these shots - fun, quirky, and silly - it isn't too big of a deal.

Check out some images taken with Photo Booth after the break!

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iMovie for iPad 2 hands-on

One of the new apps for iPad 2 is iMovie. It was originally released for the iPhone 4 this past June, but Apple recently updated it as a universal app for iPhone 4, iPad 2, and iPod touch 4. On the iPad 2, iMovie is fantastic.

The editing screen is set up similar to iMovie on the Mac and split into 3 different screens. On the bottom of the screen, you find the timeline for your movie, on the top left, you find available media, and video preview is located in the top right. The "My Projects" screen is beautifully designed to look like a vintage movie theater.

Editing movies is very easy on the iPad 2. You can preview clips by dragging your finger across them and trim the edges before adding them to your project. To move clips around in your timeline, simply drag it to where you want. If you want to split a clip, position the curser, select the clip, and swipe down along the curser. You can also easily record audio and video directly into the timeline.

iMovie is stocked with 8 different themes, each of which comes with its own title screen format, transitions, and theme music. It also comes with a plethora of sound effects to add to your movies. Sadly the new Trailer templates from iMovie '11 on Mac didn't make it into the iPad version but hopefully we'll see those in an update.

Sharing your movies is a breeze and iMovie is equipped the the ability to send directly to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and CNN iReport. Just tap the familiar sharing arrow from the projects screen and make your selection.

I am very impressed with how well iMovie runs on the iPad 2. It responds well and performs tasks quickly. iMovie on the iPad may well become my primary video editing software - yes, I will chose it over iMovie '11 on my Mac.

To check out the movie I created in the video above, follow along after the break!

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Real Racing 2 HD hits the App Store just in time for iPad 2

Firemint has announced Real Racing 2 HD for the iPad and iPad 2. This iPad-only version takes full advantage of the new A5 chip and faster graphics found in the iPad 2 and it looks fantastic.

Real Racing 2 has been limited to the iPhone and iPod touch since its debut last year, and I for one have always wanted to bring the experience over to my iPad. The idea of using the iPad as a steering wheel for a game like this has always been appealing. The only downside is that you'll need to purchase Real Racing 2 HD separately from the App Store, even if you've already purchased Real Racing 2 for your iPhone. The upside is that you'll be able to play it on both the original iPad and the new iPad 2 because of how the game adjusts graphics output between the two devices.

If you need any Real Racing tips then be sure to check out our TiPb TV Interview with Firemint Founder and CEO Rob Murray, and hit the jump for more Real Racing 2 HD eye candy below!

[iTunes -- $9.99]

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Friday, March 11

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Instapaper: 3.0 is a huge updated that brings social features, a new browser, and more! [$4.99 - iTunes link]

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iOS 4.3 features: In-app purchases always require password

iOS 4.3 means you no longer have to worry that your little ones might spend away your fortune on Smurfberries and other in-app purchased goodies. According to the Washington Post, Apple's latest iPhone, iPod touch and iPad software updates requires a password to be entered each and every time an in-app purchase is made. Under the old system iOS would remember your password for a short period of time meaning your children (or significant other!) could tap away at potentially costly in-app purchases with impunity. No longer.

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iMovie now universal app for iPhone 4, iPad 2, and 4th generation iPod touch

Apple has updated iMovie for iPhone to a universal app to support the iPad 2 and also brings new themes and HD sharing directly to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and CCN iReport.

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GarageBand now available in App Store

Apple has released GarageBand for iPad today. Create music with virtual instruments, or plug in your own and record, edit, and share your music.

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Apple publish guided tour videos, get ready for iPad 2

Apple has released some new guided tours for the iPad 2, which goes on sale tomorrow in US and on the 25th in additional countries. The guides are pretty in depth and cover existing features of the original iPad like iBooks, AirPlay, Mail, Safari etc, but also now cover GarageBand, FaceTime and iMovie which are new to the iPad 2.

There are a total of fourteen guided tour videos. If you are planning on picking up an iPad 2 tomorrow, you really should check them out. Get ready to enjoy your new iPad to the full!

[Apple]

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