Will Apple update Final Cut in March?


French site Hardmac has been keeping its ear to the ground when it comes to Apple’s Final Cut video processing suites, noting today that it has heard that revised versions of the company’s Final Cut offerings are likely to debut in March or early April. The report reiterates previous claims that the company may not be able to deliver all of the improvements hoped for by professional-level users, although the updates are still reported to be “substantial”.

According to today’s report, Apple has separate versions of Final Cut running as betas for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion, with some features claimed to be Lion-only due to changes to QuickTime in the forthcoming operating system update. Mac OS X Lion is not scheduled to launch, however, until “summer” 2011.

Last year, following concerns over rumors that Apple will be focusing the next version of Final Cut more on mainstream users than professional-level users, both Steve Jobs and Apple sought to reassure customers that the next version will be “awesome” and satisfy professional users.

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