I’ve been thinking about Apple’s decision to release GarageBand for the iPhone since it happened last week. Like many Apple announcements it was completely out of the blue and in some ways that should be no surprise at all.
But what’s the reasoning behind the decision? You could just assume that they want more revenue from this app by making it universal. That could be true. Certainly it has done really well on the iPad and so why not on the iPhone and the Touch.
But I think there’s more to it than that. I still cling on to the hope that Apple is really passionate about content creation on the device. Whether that’s music or photos or video or anything else for that matter. It’s also consistent with what they’ve done with iMovie, and the iWork suite of apps.
I still hope that one day we’ll see a Logic app from Apple for the iPad, but maybe that’s a way off.
For now I’m glad that Apple have made GarageBand universal and that we haven’t had the same reaction as when it first came out and lots of people said it would kill off indie developers. I don’t think it will, and I don’t think that was ever the intention.