Apple targets creative users with its iPad Pros in terms of processor power and features, but strangely does not offer its own editing program Final Cut Pro optimized for touch operation on iPadOS. This gap has to be filled by other providers such as Luma Touchs LumaFusion or
Blackmagic&s professional (and free!) grading, editing, compositing and audio mastering program DaVinci Resolve. Final Cut Pro can only be used with a Mac via Sidecar on an iPad, which is then degraded to a mere preview monitor (here our review: iPad Pro as preview monitor on MacBook Pro - Better mobile video editing setup?).
Final Cut Pro on the iPad via Sidecar
Now, however, Apple enthusiasts can start hoping: According to well-known Apple insider and leaker analyst941, Apple is finally planning to release a dedicated iPad version of Final Cut Pro in the middle/end of next year - and port the Logic audio program to iPadOS a year later. The iPad version of Final Cut Pro is said to be the same as the desktop version, with the only addition of an interface better adapted to the touch interface.
This also fits well with a rumor circulated a few days earlier by analyst941, which said that there will be a version of iPadOS 17 specifically designed for large iPads like the Pro, which should be able to support up to two external 6K displays at 60 Hz on a future new 14.1" iPad Ultra. This would also point to the use of the next generation of Apple&s silicon, namely an M3 Pro SoC for the then newly released new iPad flagship, possibly an iPad Ultra or Studio analogous to the M-Chip nomenclature. According to another rumor, the introduction of the new M3 chip manufactured in the 3nm process has been postponed to 2024 due to too low production figures of the chip forge TSMC.
DaVinci Resolve on the iPad
Here is our Test of Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve on the iPad Pro: Ultramobile video editing with color correction.