Logic Pro X… A Sign of Things to Come?
Apple released Logic Pro X yesterday, the latest version of their flagship audio product — thanks David and Tim for the head’s up. I’m certainly no audio guy (GarageBand is enough for me), but it does tell us several things.
First, Pro isn’t dead to Apple. For those out there who’ve been saying that Apple doesn’t care about the Pro market, while it’s obvious the company makes a lot more money on hardware with an “i” in front of the name than products like the Mac Pro and Final Cut Pro X, a release of the highly anticipated Logic Pro X tells us that they’re still in the game. Personally I’d expect that the photography market is bigger than the audio market, too, and therefore of larger interest to Apple.
Second, we may have a hint at the next name. As I’ve noted and joked about before (“let’s call it Aperture Blue!”), big version numbers are largely irrelevant in today’s climate. Aperture may still be 3.x, but 3.3 was a major release, and by not calling it 4.0, we didn’t get charged for it. If the next Aperture is 4.0, then we’ll still have to hear from the Adobe camp that “Lightroom is at 5, so pthththth!”. Of course we’d hear that kind of retort even if Aperture 4 automatically ingested, culled, edited and sent the selects to the client, all while you were still shooting, oh and also made you breakfast, thank you very much — so shifting away from traditional version number makes sense. I predict then that we won’t see Aperture 4, but instead will see Aperture X. Remember, we’re still on Mac OS X 10.x, and no one has complained that we’re “still on OS 10!”.
Third, a notable stand-out feature on Logic Pro X is Logic Remote (go here and scroll to the bottom of the page) an iPad companion app for working with Logic. It’s no secret that the world is going mobile, and the more we can do on our iOS devices, the happier we will be. iPhoto for iOS is fantastic, but it’s fatal flaw to Aperture users is the zero integration problem. We’ve long noted that some kind of iOS integration will be much appreciated, and seeing this sort of thing on Logic Pro X gives one hope.
What do you think? What other Logic nuggets of goodness to you see that may hint towards future Aperture features?