Final Cut Pro on iPad: Innovation or Misstep?

by | May 9, 2023 | Final Cut Pro X

Apple’s recent announcement about bringing Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro X to the iPad has sparked a mix of excitement and skepticism in the creative community, myself included. Let’s dive into what this means for us as filmmakers and content creators.

The Big News: Final Cut Pro on iPad

Apple has announced that as of May 23, 2023, Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro X will be available on M1 iPads. This is a significant step for Apple, potentially changing how we edit on the go. However, it raises several questions and concerns.

Key Features and Requirements

  • Device Requirement: The new version is exclusive to M1 iPads. If you have an older model, like me, you’re out of luck.
  • Touch Compatibility: The iPad version boasts full touch compatibility and advanced features like keying, background separation, and animated text using the Apple Pencil.

My Mixed Feelings

On one hand, the idea of editing with such advanced tools on an iPad is thrilling. On the other hand, I have reservations, especially regarding Apple’s direction with Final Cut Pro.

Subscription Model: A New Era?

  • Pricing: The iPad version introduces a subscription model, separate from the one-time purchase of Final Cut Pro on Mac. It’s priced at around £5 per month or £50 per year.
  • Implications: This shift to subscription raises questions about the future pricing model of Final Cut Pro on desktop. Will regular updates justify another subscription?

Is Final Cut Pro Keeping Up?

I’ve been pondering whether Final Cut Pro is lagging behind competitors like Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve, which receive more frequent updates. This move to iPad, while innovative, doesn’t necessarily address that concern.

The Future of Final Cut Pro

  • Investment in Development: The development of an iPad version suggests Apple is still investing in Final Cut Pro. Could this lead to more regular updates and new features?
  • Subscription Model and Updates: If the subscription model is well-received, it might be implemented for the desktop version, potentially leading to more frequent updates.

Personal Reflections

As a long-time Final Cut Pro user, I’m torn. I’m excited about the potential but hesitant about shifting to another software or adapting to a subscription model. The iPad version could be a great tool for on-the-go editing, but I’m curious about its impact on the professional versus consumer market.

Your Thoughts?

I’m eager to hear your opinions. Do you think Final Cut Pro is keeping up with its rivals? What do you make of the new features and the subscription model? Drop your thoughts in the comments.


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