Apple has taken a significant step towards addressing the creative software gap on iPad, announcing the release of Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad on May 23rd.
This development marks a monumental shift for creative professionals and enthusiasts alike, allowing them to edit videos and produce music on a portable device with a touch-friendly interface.
These new apps come with a subscription model, priced at $5 per month or $49 per year.
Both Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro boast full-feature capabilities, similar to their Mac counterparts.
This move is a response to growing criticism that the iPad Pro lacked first-party software that could justify its “pro” moniker.
A New Era for Portable Creative Solutions
Final Cut Pro for iPad introduces a jog wheel for easier navigation and precise edits – users can also reorder and edit clips with ease.
Apple Pencil compatibility allows direct content drawing and timeline hovering for footage skimming (only on iPad Pro M2 models).
Additionally, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro supports HDR video editing, and the app offers a pro camera mode for adjustments like white balance and ProRes format recording on M2 iPads.
Apple ensures a seamless workflow by enabling multi-camera video editing, customizable graphics, auto-adjusting soundtracks, background image or noise removal, and auto-cropping for common aspect ratios.
Seamless Workflow Across Devices
Projects created on iPad can be sent to a Mac and vice versa, while iMovie for iOS videos can be imported. Keyboard users can also utilize shortcuts.
Logic Pro for iPad offers touch-responsive instruments, a comprehensive mixer with channel strips, faders, plug-ins, and controls, as well as a new sound browser for easy content access.
The app includes various effects, plug-ins, sample manipulation tools, beat crafting, drum kit designing, and loop production features.
Like Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro on iPad supports project exchange with its Mac equivalent, along with music export to Final Cut or as individual audio stems. GarageBand for iOS tracks can be imported for advanced production.
Hardware requirements vary, with Logic Pro compatible with A12-equipped iPads or newer, while Final Cut Pro requires an M1-based iPad or newer. This is understandable given the demanding nature of pro-level media software.
Apple’s subscription model for these iPad apps may disappoint users who prefer one-time purchases for their Mac versions.
However, given Apple’s increasing reliance on service revenue, this move is hardly surprising.
The release of Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad represents a significant milestone in portable creative solutions.
Whether supplementing existing Mac setups or serving as standalone production studios, these apps hold the potential to revolutionize creative workflows, offering a truly mobile and powerful experience for users.
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