I finally had the chance to see Apple’s keynote where they presented the redesigned iMacs as well as the new iPad Pro with the Apple Silicon M1 chip. Despite what some click-bait blogs would have you believe, iMacs seem disappointing to the creative and post-production video client. As good as normal Intel iMacs have been for those who have used them for post-production, there are a number of things that will show significantly more Apple Silicon Pro models in the future. I think that this interruption of the iMac Pro is coupled with the candy color and the lack of ports on the new iMac to signal more performance. Oh and there are always present leaks indicating that bigger things are happening too.
While watching the very smooth video, I stopped to read on one of the screens where they collect a list of new features for the products they advertise, in this case the new iPad Pro.
The “high performance video editing” of course caught my attention. The iPad has had decent video editing features for years, but while it waits for the next “pro ” generation of Apple silicon chips to find their way into desktop and portable Macs, this current and powerful chip in an iPad is very intriguing. Although no NLE manufacturer has developed the perfect iPads video editing pipeline I once dreamed of, some future advancements could make this a moot point.
I think the biggest news of the day came not from the video of Apple’s keynotes and the announcement of the product, but from a tweet from LumaTouch people about some upcoming changes, I think, both iOS and the new iPad Pro. This change makes it possible to edit sequences of a drive directly connected to an iPad without having to copy this medium to the internal memory of the iPad. This will make your iPad NLE LumaFusion even more useful.
This is great news for several reasons. This signals the easing of some of the iOS restrictions that could frustrate experienced users when trying to do “real” video work on an iPad. And it seems that it opens these new iPads to the next generation of content creation tools. Once of these would definitely be Final Cut Pro x, as the fugitives said. While it increases the internal memory to 2 TBs, this could take the cost of a new iPad Pro of more than.