iPad Pro Is Now a True Photographer’s Tool

Has the iPad Pro finally become a true photographer’s tool? A year and a half ago, with the release of the first 12.9-inch iPad Pro, it was so close… but there were still some significant limitations.

Now, with the latest iPad Pro models, I think we’re finally there. Improved hardware is part of the story—USB 3 speeds at import, finally, for both sizes—and software is catching up. And the possibilities that will come with iOS 11 in the fall are still more intriguing.

At Macworld, I explain in more detail: The iPad Pro: Now a true photographer’s tool.

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11 comments on “iPad Pro Is Now a True Photographer’s Tool

  1. Missing for ANY pro photographer with new editors like Affinity Photo is IPTC Metadata Editing. You can have a shit image, and it will stay shit if it doesn’t have attached proper full IPTC field caption editing. The new IPad Pro is STILL not a photographers tool without the apps to allow real captions. Sorry, the F_ _ _ k with presets, screen quality, Filters, etc. Gimme an app that offers IPTC editing or you can keep your iPad.

  2. Hey Jeff,

    do you really think the “iPad Pro Is Now a True Photographer’s Tool”? If so what is your solution to do this just using an iPad…?

    I like to copy the content of my CF card to an external HDD and then I like to access my photo files that are stored on the external HDD from the iPad. I don’t want to copy all images to the iPad only the ones I need there.

    Any idea?

    Cheers and thanks!
    Greetings from Germany

    • That’s a great question, Joerg. I have a WD My Passport battery-powered HDD with an SD card slot I use to make backups, which can then be accessed via Wi-Fi (it has a built-in Wi-Fi radio) from the iPad. But that doesn’t help you with CF cards. That’s the sticking point there. There was a Kickstarter for a product called Flash Porter that is a backup drive with lots of connectors, but I see a lot of, “When are the units going to ship?” comments, so maybe it’s mostly vapor. Digital Foci makes some devices, but they’re really expensive. So… I’m not sure. I’d have to look around some more to see if there are HDDs with just a simple USB 3-in port to offload photos in addition to, or instead of, an SD card slot.

      • 🙂 Well currently I use a HyperDrive ColorSpace UDMA 3 the predecessor of the current UDMA 2. So getting my photos to the HDD is not a real problem. And I have an add-on that brings WIFI to the UDMA (the V3 has this build in).

        Now the more important question is, can I access the WIFI HDD over the iPad Pro like I would use an external HDD over my MacBook?

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