updated 01:40 pm EDT, Tue June 14, 2011
Could be matched by new Thunderbolt peripherals
Final Cut Pro X could arrive at the Mac App Store next week, a Japanese news site claims to have heard. In April, Apple said the software would come to the Mac App Store in June at a price of $299, but the company has been unusually quiet since. Even the official Final Cut webpage continues to highlight the old Final Cut Studio, just weeks or days away from Pro X's launch.
Apple throws most of its promotional weight behind consumer-level products though, so a quiet release may not be entirely unexpected. The Japanese site, Macotakara, additionally suggests that more third-party Thunderbolt peripherals should arrive in the near future. While no other details are provided, it would make sense for peripheral makers to time new products with the launch of Pro X. Video editing is extremely taxing on storage and bandwidth, and individuals or production facilities looking to upgrade their editing software may want to buy new hardware at the same time.
Pro X will make a number of major overhauls to Final Cut, for instance supporting multi-core processing for the first time. It will also support features like 4K resolution, image stabilization and simultaneous editing and import.