RUMOR: Final Cut Pro X hits Mac App Store next week, third-party Thunderbolt products coming, too

“Apple may appeal to its high-end video production customers next week with the release of Final Cut Pro X on the Mac App Store, as well as the announcement of new third-party products that will take advantage of the high-speed Thunderbolt port found on new Macs, according to a new rumor,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“The details came on Tuesday from Macotakara, which was told by sources that Apple will begin to sell Final Cut Pro X on the Mac App Store next week,” Marsal reports. “That would come as no surprise, as Apple said earlier this year that the $299, 64-bit software will arrive in June.”

Marsal reports, “What would be new, though, are products that take advantage of the high-speed Thunderbolt port. Sources also reportedly said that new Thunderbolt products from third-party partners will be announced when Final Cut Pro X goes on sale.”

More in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Lava_Head_UK” and “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]


  1. A lot of folks may be worrying about the “dumbing down” of FCP, but I have been watching iMovie get the really cool features for years while FCP still makes you do a lot of work to get the same result a couple of clicks gets you in iMovie.
    As an editor who has been using FCP since v1.15, I look forward to this release.

    1. Excuse me?

      I believe the 299.00 price is quite the drop from previous versions.

      Now the breakout prices for the other apps we don’t know yet, but if this is the Suite price, then it is a 700 dollar cut.

      What, you wanted it for $29?

  2. I just wonder, why is Apple taking all their software to the Mac app store after building up all the Apple retail stores? I just wonder, kind of makes their retail stores obsolete. Unless you think you need the retail stores for the hand on experience.

    1. You ever been in an retail store? There’s like 1 or 2 shelves devoted to software (at least in the smaller “mall” stores). Moving to App Store does a few things: 1) makes it easier for Mac users to find software. 2) Apple gets a cut ($). 3) yet to be seen, but may cut piracy as applications drop in price because distro costs have been reduced and the simplicity of auto-updating your existing apps appeals to the dirtbag software thieves…

        1. Piracy may be reduced due to lower pricing, the ability to redownload apps, no need to register or deal with licenses, and more liberal upgrading, but…

          The App Store doesn’t prevent piracy on a technical level any more than any other anti-piracy method.

          iOS apps can be cracked and so can Mac apps from the App Store. What I’ve witnessed is that the iOS app piracy scene boomed in the beginning, but many casual pirates seemed to grow tired of it and just coughed up the usual 99 cents.

          Where the App Store fails to disuade piracy is in the lack of demos and trials. I think this is probably the biggest thing influencing piracy on iOS today.

          It’s a bit of a problem. I mean, I’m locked into Final Cut, so I’ll upgrade via the App Store, but for someone deciding between FCPX and Premiere or others, their options are limited in evaluating FCPX without pirating it, even if they do decide to ultimately purchase.

        2. Actually… Apple still hasn’t patched the hole from the day one app store.

          They are signed…. Except any end user can “sign” the apps themselves… (do research, not going to tell you how)
          Basically swapping a file inside the package with a legit free app you download.

          Also allows people to freely distribute the apps.

          Small number of people do it, but it can be done. Granted the app still can’t be updated through the app store.
          It doesn’t stop piracy, I doubt anything will kill it entirely.. But I bet the app store has pit a dent in it.

  3. I’m pretty sure we’re not getting the whole suite for 299. I bet we see about the same price to get everything we get now in the suite. At best we’ll get an above average upgrade price or some such thing – like when we went from 5 to 6. I really hope FCP X is not too much like iMovie – I really don’t like iMovie.

  4. I still expect some Lion-specific features, but this means FCP X runs also on Snow Leopard (though who wouldn’t upgrade to Lion for $30 after picking up FCP X for $300?)

    What news I am most anxious to hear is how will the ancillary FCP Suite products and 3rd party developers fit into the picture? Many (but not all) of the most compelling features from the FCP S3 suite were integrated into FCP X – Image stabilization from Motion, Color correction from Color, Noise Filtering from Soundtrack Pro, etc. Having no advanced info, I’m wondering might Apple provide in-app purchases for additional features and 3PP plugins?

    If Apple is indeed releasing Final Cut Pro X on the first day of Summer, will they also be releasing any other apps, or perhaps a road map, at least?

  5. ““Apple may appeal to its high-end video production customers next week… ”

    Apple has appealed to high-end video production customers for a LONG time.

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