And it's about time
Apple is bringing two of its most important Pro apps to iPad: Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro. Both will be available on the iPad App Store from May 23, and will be priced using a subscription model.
Each will cost $7.99 per month locally, or $59 per year. Both have a one-month free trial available. For comparison, Final Cut Pro costs $499.99 on Mac, while Logic Pro costs $299.99.
Final Cut Pro will run on any iPad with an M1 chip or better, while Logic Pro will run on any iPad with an A12 processor or later. This means even the 9th generation iPad - the current entry-level option in Apple's tablet portfolio - is able to run Logic Pro.
Both Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro have been optimised for touch screen as well as Apple Pencil. The apps still support keyboard input if you've got one, however.
The two apps have roundtrip capabilities, allowing users to work on the same projects on both Mac and iPad. Logic Pro on iPad can also open GarageBand projects from iOS.
Apple launching Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro on iPad feels like a solid forward step forward in justifying how powerful the tablet family have gotten lately. Many iPads feature the same M-series processors now found in MacBooks. Despite this, users have been more restricted in terms of the apps they can run.
DaVinci brought its pro-grade editing software Resolve to the end of iPad last year, and with Apple porting its own apps, it wouldn't be surprising to see other developers follow