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Next Final Cut Studio due early next year, says Jobs

updated 11:05 am EST, Thu November 11, 2010

Industry worries about FCS falling by wayside

A new version of Final Cut Studio is coming soon, according to a brief e-mail from Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "A great release of Final Cut is coming early next year," a terse message sent from Jobs' iPad reads. The mail was sent in response to a complaint from a post-production consultant, Dustyn Gobler, who argued that companies need to know Apple's software roadmap in order to properly invest hundreds of thousands of dollars. Avid and Adobe are now much more open about the future of their editing software, Gobler remarks.

Jobs' statement is consistent with recent claims by anonymous sources, suggesting that while Apple originally wanted to update Final Cut in 2010, the launch has been delayed until next year. Difficulties are said to include conflict over a unified interface -- a feature which may be postponed until 2013 -- and Apple's overriding focus on iOS. Some Final Cut engineers have allegedly been reassigned to work on the iOS platform, hampering production.

Worries have been expressed in the industry that Apple has diminishing interest in supporting professional software. The iPhone is now the company's largest profit driver, followed by the Mac, iPad and iPod.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    To boost sagging Mac Pro sales...

    Apple probably will reinforce the fork on the road: Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Express:

    If you want to run Final Cut Studio, buy a Mac Pro or iMac MacBook Pro may work, but it would drawl like a slug.

    Everything else? Use Final Cut Express.

  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    love those sources

    I suspect they are all bunk. My guess. Final Cut was always going to update in early 2011 but all these sites said 2010 and now they are worried they will look stupid because they guessed wrong so they make up 'sources' claiming they were right but then X, Y and Z happened and changed it.

    ANd of course they have to try to blame iOS because it's an easy target. Too bad those sources weren't connected enough to know that Shake ended over a year ago and thus has no team to get into a fight with anyone. Kind of ruined their reliability there. Then again, all the sites posted the information without acknowledging that same detail so I guess they aren't as with it as they want us to believe either. Oops

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gobler details?

    Did this guy give specific reasons, and more than one about this so-called "roadmap." Funny, Adobe will listen to bitchers and moaners about something like this, but those of us who want FREEHAND to make a comeback get completely ignored.

    Adobe is trying so hard to be like Apple it is ridiculous and they aren't succeeding. They aren't even behaving like Adobe, when Adobe cared.

    Should someone ever come along with something that is compatible with Photoshop files only superior in usability, Adobe will start blaming them because Photoshop is really their one-horse town, everything else is gravy.

    And I suspect Adobe is worried that Apple is working on something like this.

  1. demani

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Shake isn't necessarily dead

    They announced the Shake 4 codebase was dead, but that didn't necessarily preclude a ground up rewrite. Given the role of the application and the amount of the investment it seems unlikely it was bought simply for the developers. That would actually help explain the delay.

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