If you’ve seen the latest Apple iPad ad you might’ve had some sort of reaction to it. A kid asking “what’s a computer?” can stir up some frustration, but maybe it’s a question worth asking.
If you are using Lightroom on your iPad Pro and you’re doing your rough editing on the go you might already be on your way to one day use it as your main machine. Even with the first reaction towards the ad being one of slight anger, the question Apple has asked is supposed to make us think and maybe even question our perception of what these machines are and what we want from them.
I for one won’t let my MacBook Pro go easily. I’ve spent some time teaching myself to touch-type, but I certainly type faster on its keyboard than I write on paper or tap on a screen. It’s almost unnaturally intuitive. I use shortcuts for the actions I do regularly to speed things up, and it’s surely not as easy to do on a tablet.
However, the idea of using a stylus or Apple Pencil to contour or to mask something in Photoshop gets me excited and I can imagine it being the way most younger photographers will retouch and color-grade their images being the norm in the not-too-distant future.
I might just be in a comfort zone of sorts, but this video surely made it clear that I will need to re-think the idea of a computer.
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