Blackmagic has meanwhile announced further information about the upcoming version of DaVinci Resolve on the iPad via various channels. We summarise what is now considered certain:
"DaVinci Resolve for iPad" should still be available (as we already suspected) in the 4th quarter of 2022 as a free download in the Apple App Store. An upgrade to another version ("DaVinci Resolve Studio for iPad") will also be available as an in-app purchase. On Instagram, a Blackmagic employee writes that a price of around 95 dollars is planned.
The next piece of good news is that the app will run on both the M2 and the older M1 tablets. This in turn means that you can also buy devices whose RRP is still calculated at the old dollar rate. For example, you can currently find an iPad Air 5 with M1 processor for just over 600 euros and small iPad Pros with M1 from around 799 euros in various price search engines. However, the editing side (Cut) as well as the colour side (Color) are supposed to be explicitly optimised for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro display, and Blackmagic also promises "up to 4 times better Ultra HD ProRes rendering performance when using one with the M2 chip". However, without concrete reference to the M1.
The next piece of information is that you can send an external preview as a "clean feed grading monitor output" to an Apple Studio Display, Pro Display XDR or an AirPlay-compatible display (apparently also wirelessly). We will have to see what pragmatic solutions will emerge here. But probably an Apple TV 4K box should be enough to connect any HDMI display. What the situation is with 10-bit and lags remains to be seen.
DaVinci Resolve for iPad opens and creates standard DaVinci Resolve project files that are compatible with the desktop version of DaVinci Resolve 18. Supported file formats include H.264, H.265, Apple ProRes and Blackmagic RAW, and clips can be imported from the iPad Pro&s internal storage and photo library, an iCloud account or even external USB-C media (!!). The latter in particular should be an important purchase criterion for many users, as internal memory is extremely expensive at Apple and still tends to be too small for video applications.
In contrast to the desktop version, the menu bar, the Fairlight room and the Fusion room are missing. Blackmagic writes on Instagram: "The code for these rooms has not yet been adapted to the iPad. (...) But we will include the pages in the future". So in the future, the full engine will really end up on the iPad.
The edit page, on the other hand, is not to be adopted because its design is simply not designed for touch operation. Instead, the missing edit functions in the cut room will be added. In concrete terms, this will soon be extended audio support, keyframes and split edits. At a later date, most of the missing edit features will also be available in the cut room.