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Ex-Apple worker claims 40 layoffs from Final Cut team

updated 09:40 am EST, Fri February 19, 2010

Affects signature Apple pro-level software

Apple has made 40 people from its Final Cut development team jobless, claims a former worker with the group, Pete Warden. The cuts are said to have happened a little over a week ago, and without any obvious explanation. Warden points out that Apple has been been enjoying high profits; this may mean that any cost-cutting efforts would have to revolve purely around maximizing returns and efficiency.

Final Cut is moreover Apple's signature professional-level software, a standard within the video editing industry. Final Cut Studio 3 was only released in July of 2009, and Apple has already produced a few updates. The company may intend to scale back development until it plans its next major product debut.

by MacNN Staff





  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Maybe not cost cutting

    Layoffs are often about cost-cutting, but not always. Apple may have felt that they simply don't need as many developers working on the product.

    Of course, this is still speculation as the former employee may be bitter and spreading false rumors.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Maybe they weren't needed

    It could be that Final Cut is now a mature project and major changes/additions aren't planned right away. There is only so much that can be done on a product before the only thing you can do is a Microsoft and fill it with bloat.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    FCP 7 still 32 Bit

    FCP 7 is far from mature, finished, complete or anything else particularly as Apple astonished the pro editing community last year by releasing FCP 7 as a poorly threaded core bound 32Bit application after Snow Leopard was released. Professionals agree that FCP actually needs a ground up rewrite so maybe the 64Bit version will address many of these issues?

  1. dechamp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Might be time for fresh eyes

    If a team needs to be rebuilt, it's often easier to just start with fresh ideas on a problem or project. These kinds of projects tend to become training grounds where ideas are pushed to the limits and then need a new foundation. 64bit versions don't have to be stuck in the same rut as older 32 bit versions.

  1. DeezNutts

    Joined: Dec 1969


    just glad

    I'm just glad I don't work for Apple. Maybe these guys will find employment with a better company that values their talents. one can hope.

  1. Zigster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If I had to guess the size of the Final Cut Pro te

    i would have said like 7-10 people

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