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Apple just dropped some big news for creative professionals: Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro are finally coming to the iPad. These two software tools have been exclusive to Mac users until now. Apple says both apps will be available on the iPad later this month, and they’ve been specifically designed with a touch-first interface that turns the iPad into the ultimate mobile studio.
“We’re excited to introduce Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad, allowing creators to unleash their creativity in new ways and in even more places,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With a powerful set of intuitive tools designed for the portability, performance, and touch-first interface of iPad, Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro deliver the ultimate mobile studio.”
For years, iPad users have only had access to iMovie and GarageBand, which were no match for their pro-level Mac counterparts. Instead, Apple has relied on third-party developers to provide more advanced video and audio editing software.
But now, Apple is bringing the power of Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro to the iPad, complete with a touch interface and intuitive tools. Final Cut Pro for iPad introduces an all-new touch interface that makes the editing process easier than ever. Users can navigate the Magnetic Timeline, move clips, and make fast frame-accurate edits with just the tap of a finger.
Live Drawing lets users draw and write directly on top of video content using Apple Pencil, and on iPad Pro with M2, Apple Pencil hover unlocks the ability for users to quickly skim and preview footage without ever touching the screen. Creators can also speed up their workflows by adding a Magic Keyboard or Smart Keyboard Folio to utilize key commands. The iPad Pro’s Liquid Retina XDR display also allows creators to view and edit stunning HDR video and apply color grades with accuracy using Reference Mode.
Logic Pro for iPad combines the power of Logic Pro with the portability of iPad to unlock an all-in-one professional music creation app. With Multi-Touch gestures, music creators can play software instruments and interact naturally with controls, as well as navigate complex projects with pinch-to-zoom and swipe-to-scroll. Plug-in Tiles put the most useful controls at the creator’s fingertips, making it easy to quickly shape sounds.
With the built-in mics on iPad, users can capture voice or instrument recordings, and with five studio-quality mics on iPad Pro, users can turn virtually any space into a recording studio. Creators can also make precision edits and draw detailed track automation with Apple Pencil, and connect a Smart Keyboard Folio or Magic Keyboard to utilize key commands that speed up production.
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Both Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad will be available starting May 23 and will use a subscription pricing model, which is a departure from the one-time purchase model used for their Mac counterparts. iPad users can unlock Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro on iPad for $4.99/month or $49.99/year per app, with a one-month free trial of each app available.
It’s important to note that both apps require recent iPad hardware releases for compatibility. Final Cut Pro requires an Apple M1 chip or later, and Logic Pro needs an A12 Bionic chip or higher.