On Monday, Apple held its keynote presentation at the annual WWDC conference. Big updates were unveiled on stage, including interesting revisions to watchOS, tvOS, macOS, and iOS. One announcement that wasn’t talked about is the upcoming ability for iOS devices to shoot and edit raw images, which was instead hinted at through a presentation slide and a WWDC Session video description.
On the video page for the WWDC Session titled “Live Photo Editing and RAW Processing with Core Image,” the description reads:
iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 brings a powerful set of new APIs to work with many types of photos. Explore using Core Image to process RAW image files from many popular cameras and recent iOS devices. See how to edit and enhance Live Photos directly within your app.
The wording “…process RAW image files from many popular cameras and recent iOS devices” should be confirmation that we will see raw image capture ability making its way to recently released iPhones and iPads.
Furthermore, raw image editing will bring much more worth to the iOS device lineup for on-the-go creative professionals. Before, iOS devices were able to store raw files imported from cameras via adapter, but opening one of these raw files on the device would bring up the JPG copy instead.
As iOS 10 gets into more developers' hands prior to its public beta in July and public release in the fall, we will hopefully gain more insight to how Apple plans to implement its new-gained powers.
Update: Apple has supplied the following chart to developers showing that the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, SE, and iPad Pro 9.7-inch will be the first to gain raw capture support with their back-facing cameras.