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Steve Jobs has claimed that the iPhone runs a true version of Mac OS X. Third party applications may be limited to web applications on Safari, but Apple can decide to put any program that works on OS X onto the iPhone. What Apple application would […]

GarageBand on the iPhone could work.

Steve Jobs has claimed that the iPhone runs a true version of Mac OS X. Third party applications may be limited to web applications on Safari, but Apple can decide to put any program that works on OS X onto the iPhone. What Apple application would be a good candidate for a device like the iPhone?

I think GarageBand would be an excellent candidate for porting over to the iPhone. I suggest “porting over” instead of putting the full application onto the iPhone because of usability. The interface would require some tweaking for using the application on such a small screen and be easy to use.

GarageBand could easily act as a voice recorder for notes or for podcasting. A plethora of accessories are bound to be developed for the iPhone through its dock connector. A different microphone could easily be attached through the dock connector for more sensitive recording applications.

Additionally, if this device truly runs OS X, it should be able to support external USB devices. A dock connector to USB attachment is bound to be developed which would allow the use of hundreds of new devices with the iPhone. This could allow hooking up an iPhone to a USB mixing board or an external hard drive or adding additional flash memory for recording on the go. GarageBand on the iPhone, with the right peripherals, could be a music studio in your pockets.

  1. Although Garageband would be a great app to have on the iPhone, the “engine” that drives many audio/video apps is indeed QuickTime, perhaps we’ll see that fairly early on. Since you can record with QuickTime- maybe this isn’t such a far out idea.

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  2. This would be fantastic for mobile recording and podcasting… the only issue I see is the extent to which the processor in the iPhone can handle the load. I suspect it can, but of course it would depend on the number of bells and whistles ported over with this hypothetical version of iPhone-Garageband. I highly doubt I would edit any podcast on the iPhone, so there’s probably only the need for a small-footprint recording software for my purposes.

    Then again… if I could edit a podcast on a plane or on the metro with my iPhone, that would be pretty damn cool…

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  3. WTF? This one is out of the andromeda galaxy. Enough with the iPhone posts.

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  4. This would really be a killer app for me. I want voice notes management!

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  5. This is a great idea. And since the GB interface is all about moving around and swapping tracks, it would be a natural match for Multi-touch, right?

    You can imagine re-arranging multiple tracks and lining them up with a flick of the fingers.

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  6. Yeah, dreaming is fun. However, you gotta remember that you’re talking about things that make my dual 1.83 ghz Core Duo iMac struggle. Recording voice notes is one thing (heck, current iPods can do that) but multitrack recording, mixing, and effects processing on a phone? Not this decade, and I don’t care what OS it’s running.

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  7. iThink that someone has iPhone iPhever

    Shut up already.

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  8. Yeah

    but who would want to produce music on a FRIGGIN PHONE?

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  9. The garageband loops would eat up the iPhones 8gig drive pretty fast, don’t you think.

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  10. For the same reason video recording capability isn’t in an iPhone, same goes for GarageBand – processing power.

    One other thing to remember when considering any new apps – disk size. Awfully tough to fit anything more on that 4GB hard drive one you have the OS, music, maybe an iTunes video or two, and your photos.

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