Responding to years of requests for iPad versions of professional-grade software, Apple released Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPadOS on Tuesday.
These are not “lite” versions of Apple’s video editing and music creation software. They are equivalent to the macOS ones, but adapted for iPad. And that includes additional features.
iPad puts on its big boy pants
The M1 and M2 processors in the iPad Pro series make the tablets as powerful as a MacBook, but some professional users complain the tablets are being held back by a lack of high-end software.
The release of Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro are a big step in remedying the limitation. With them, iPad users can edit video and audio with software as capable as the macOS versions.
Final Cut Pro for iPad
More than just a port from Mac, Final Cut Pro for iPad adds tools to record video in pro camera mode. And Apple takes advantage of the tablet’s touchscreen by adding a jog wheel designed to make moving through clips easier. The application also supports the Apple Pencil.
Beyond these additions, the software performs much like the familiar macOS version, with tools to edit, finish and share video.
For more Final Cut Pro details, visit the Apple website.
Logic Pro for iPad
Just like the Mac version, Logic Pro for iPad offers professionals the tools they need for songwriting, beat making, recording, editing and mixing. But it also has tweaks that take advantage of the multitouch touchscreen and Apple Pencil support.
The software includes tools that enable musicians to play a wide range of virtual instruments, and then modify and shape their music in many ways. Naturally, there’s a full-featured mixer. Plus, with the new Sample Alchemy tool can transform any audio sample. And all that’s only the start.
To learn more on Logic Pro, go to Apple’s website.
Availability and pricing
iPad versions of Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro are available for download now in the App Store.
Subscriptions cost $4.99 per month or $49 per year. There’s a free, one-month trial. For comparison, the macOS version of Final Cut Pro costs $300 while Logic Pro is $200