updated 01:20 pm EDT, Sun April 18, 2010
Earlier layoffs from support, not development
Apple is still backing Final Cut, and the next release of Final Cut Studio will be "awesome," claims CEO Steve Jobs. Continuing a trend of replying to customer e-mails, Jobs is noted to have recently answered a complaint about the video production suite, which called the changes to Final Cut Studio 3 "not stellar." The e-mail also alleges that people laid off from the Final Cut team may have been engineers, who would normally be responsible for advancing the software.
In addition to reaffirming Apple's commitment to Final Cut, Jobs further comments that the people who lost their positions were in support roles, not in engineering. It is not certain when Final Cut Studio 4 might be ready; Mac Soda claims "reliable word," however, that it will be released before the end of 2010. Such a timeline would represent a much faster turnaround than the gap between FCS2 and FCS3, however, which was roughly two years.