Apple has quietly begun selling the previous version of Final Cut Pro after Final Cut X was afforded mixed reviews from users. Released in June of this year, Final Cut X was poorly received by dedicated users of the application who were not happy with the update. Costing $299 via the Mac App Store, the update includes some major changes and is basically a complete rewrite of the program. However, Apple also ditched some important features available with previous versions, raising questions about whether or not it was possible to open and edit projects produced with older versions of the software. Despite Apple's describing these changes as 'jaw dropping,' users were soon demanding their money back.
Now, it seems Apple has put the previous version back on the shelf. Well, kind of. Mac Rumors cites 800-MY-APPLE in reporting that Final Cut Studio, part number MB642Z/A, is again available for $999 (and $899 for educational customers). However, the product is only available through the 800-number and is not available in Apple Retail Stores or on the Apple Online Store.
Apple has not commented on the return of Final Cut Pro. We'll let you know if it does.