Apple has announced that two of its top creative apps for the Mac — Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro — will be getting dedicated iPad versions. These new apps should now help you use your Apple tablet to capture, edit, and publish your creative projects from a single device.
Final Cut Pro is Apple’s best video editing software. We gave it four stars in our Final Cut Pro review. We praised its affordability and numerous tools, including Theater Mode, which gives you special tools when tweaking footage shot with an iPhone 13 or later.
Logic Pro, on the other hand, is perfect for audio editors – especially music producers. In our four-and-a-half-star Logic Pro review, we loved its impressive music production capabilities and compatibility with other key professional apps.
However, in both cases, the apps were let down by the fact that they were only available on the Mac. Apple’s new iPad-specific releases should make it easier for users without one of the best Macbooks or the best Mac desktops to access this great software when it launches on Tuesday, May 23.
You won’t be able to buy any app right away. Instead, you’ll pay $4.99 per month or $49 per year for each service. Pricing in the UK and Australia isn’t official yet, but based on exchange rates of around £3.99/$7.39 per month and £39/$73 per year.
What’s new in the iPad versions?
Final Cut Pro takes full advantage of the iPad’s touchscreen with several new features for easy navigation and editing. First, there’s a new cogwheel that makes it easier to navigate the project timeline. You’ll also be able to use the Apple Pencil for another new feature: Live Draw, which allows you to write directly on video content.
Another cool addition is Scene Delete Mask; this filter apparently allows you to quickly and easily remove and replace the background behind an object without the need for a green screen – although we’ll have to try it out for ourselves to know how reliable it really is.
As for Logic Pro, you’ll be able to tap to zoom and scroll through songs, draw with the Apple Pencil to make precise edits, and rely on the keyboard for common keyboard commands that you’ll be familiar with if you’re using the Mac OS version. iPad Logic Pro will also come with a new Sound Browser so you can find the perfect instrument, sample or loop to add to your creation.
If you’re looking for other apps to use on your iPad, check out the best iPad apps in 2023.