The last version of Final Cut announced at NAB was Final Cut Studio 2 which was released in 2007 amidst a ton of publicity and hoopla. Since then, Apple has gone on to release Final Cut Studio 3, but that release has flown somewhat under the radar. There was no big announcement at NAB to bring it to the attention of the masses, and in fact, Apple hasn’t even attended NAB since ’07. Moreover, and despite many positive reviews, a good number of users have complained that FCP 3 is buggy and leaves something to be desired.
Hardmac, though, is reporting that FCP 3 is internally labeled as being in “temporary/transition”, meaning that Apple has every intention to polish it up proper. Apple reportedly didn’t have enough resources to focus on FCP at the same time it was concerned with pushing Snow Leopard out the door. Now that Snow Leopard is off and running, Apple can now devote more resources to FCP and, rumor has it, Apple will announce a new version of Final Cut Pro at the NAB conference in 2010, which is scheduled to take place from April 10 to April 15th of next year.