As I am writing this Apple is having a press conference about their new products. The Apple Watch is getting a software update, the Apple TV is getting a total overhaul, the iPhone is all new (and can finally shoot 4k video), but potentially the most exciting news for photographers is the Apple iPad Pro.
The new iPad Pro is the largest iPad with a 12.9 inch screen. Apple claims that it is the best screen on any of their products with an insane 2732 x 2048 pixels (5.6 mega pixels) The iPad pro is the most powerful iPad by far and is said to be more powerful than 80-90% of portable PCs sold in the last year. It's so powerful in fact that it can play 3, 4k video streams at once (something my super powerful desktop would struggle with).
The iPad Pro has an optional "smart keyboard" that works as a cover, stand, and keyboard all at once.
For the average casual computer user, the iPad Pro is finally looking like it may be a great decision over a standard laptop, but what does that have to do with photographers? The Apple Pencil may be the one accessory that can actually change the game.
At just $99, the Apple pencil can change your iPad Pro into a tablet similar to the Wacom Cintiq. The Apple pencil can detect position, force, and tilt. It's apparently so precise you can select a single pixel.
As it stands right now, there aren't any serious editing apps out for IOS. Adobe plans to change that. They are currently working on a brand new suite of software that will take advantage of the new larger and more powerful iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Adobe Photoshop "Fix" "will be able to process a 50MP image."
Of course we all know that retouching an image is a lot more complicated than retouching one single file. We will be waiting patiently to see if Adobe will allow layers and masks in Photoshop Fix. If Photoshop Fix ends up being anything like the currently available apps, the Apple Pencil will probably never take off as a legitimate tool for professionals. Only time will tell.
The Ipad Pro and it's new accessories are due to release in November starting at $799. Via MacRumors.com