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So, you've probably heard, there's a new iPad. But what you might not have heard is that there's a few nice pieces of new software to go with it - carefully designed by Apple to show off the power of the iPad 2's dual-core processor. But they also look pretty fun.

First, there's FaceTime, which comes to the iPad to accompany its dual cameras. We like the idea of video-calling on an iPad much more than on an iPhone, if we're honest - but we maintain our long-standing concern that unless you hold the thing you're watching on right up in front of your face, you're shot from below and your neck looks really fat.

Next up is PhotoBooth, which also works rather well with the new cameras. Apple were keen to draw attention to the fact that the live previews of all the horrible effects show off the new iPad's processing power. Whatever, Apple. We're just concerned we're going to see a repeat of that horrible period 3-4 years ago when all our friend's Facebook pictures were suddenly replaced by horrible twisted carnival-mirror versions.

These two apps are included in iOS 4.3, the new version of Apple's software which will come on the iPad 2 (and come to iPhones, though most of the improvements seem iPad-centric). But there are also two nifty new paid-for iPad versions of well-known Mac apps - iMovie, so iPad owners can edit the movies they've filmed on those new cameras; and GarageBand. The latter sounds particularly exciting: it comes with a bunch of built-in instruments like pianos you can play using the touch screen, and you can even plug in a guitar and use the iPad as an amp. Mental. And they're both just $4.99, which is also mental.

Tech writer Joe Wilcox goes as far as to reckon that the new software is actually more important than the iPad 2 itself, because it will appeal to younger buyers more. We don't know if that's true, but we know one thing for certain: there won't be any great apps like this for Android tablets when the first ones come out in a couple of weeks' time.

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