Below are my thoughts on using an iPad for photo editing. This is more of a discussion with the community than a question or firm statement on the matter. No doubt that there are people who already edit photos on the iPad. But what I'd like to explore today is the possibility of editing RAW photos on something like an iPad Pro. Back in college when I first got my hands wet in the darkroom I appreciated being able to work hands-on with my images. To see focus the image with the enlarger, to slide in my paper and dodge and burn the results with my hands and spot the images. To experiment, to try painting with light and make photograms using various objects. To touch the paper, to manipulate the light with your hands is like a kind of magic. It's something that I was good at. I could get consistent results, nail my exposures, contrast and white balance and keep on going through dozens of images. It didn't feel like work and I loved the hands-on component. To me, working with digital images feels more like work. There is something lost in using a mouse and having to formally sit and stare at a screen. It's not something that I can just pull out and finish an image or two in passing. But I suppose the darkroom was also inconvenient. This is where I think an iPad Pro (or even next year's iPad with more RAM) could be a treat to work with. Especially if the Pro's digitizer has pressure and tilt sensitivity support. An iPad is more casual, I can keep it in my bag and pull out if I have a moment to do some edits (I hope the iPad Pro isn't too big). Something where I could move my fingers around on the screen to change RAW settings, to brush areas with my fingers or stylus to alter exposure, saturation, contrast, sharpness, etc. To quickly browse through my gallery. To dump photos from my CF card and quickly rate and store the images, while deleting the ones that are obviously bad. I know Adobe has been working for almost a year on a version of Lightroom for iPad. Maybe it will come out for regular iPads, or perhaps they're holding back for more RAM in next year's model or an iPad Pro. I'm not really sure. But I want it so badly! I get so backed up on images I need to edit. Photography is only a small part of my day job, so anything I do in my spare time gets lower priority to other responsibilities such as freelance, family, house work, etc. It would be great to just kick back on the couch and work on some images for 15-20 minutes on an iPad that has a slick interface that lets me burn through my backlog. I like Adobe's proposed solution of accessing the Lightroom Library on my Mac and downloading a lower-res version for the local iPad library, which would still allow me to see changes in real-time, while updating the RAW XMP files and syncing those back to the Mac. I think for now an integrated approach is best, especially given the limited storage space on iPads. So to summarize, I think the iPad could be a great platform for pro photographers. It's easy to carry out into the field, 128GB is enough for most trips to dump images, and I think the touch-component is could bring back some of the magic and fun of working in the dark room with my hands. Unfortunately I'm not quite sure if the hardware is there yet. I know RAW processing can use a lot of system resources. The software doesn't seem to be there yet either, as I've looked around and can't seem to find a true RAW processor for iPad. Some of them will read the RAW and just strip out the default JPG for viewing. Furthermore, I don't think there is a way yet to calibrate an iPad's display using a colorimeter, or connect the iPad to a professional printer to print. I suppose the final touches could be done on the Mac as that's where you really need to nail color balance for printing. I usually do library management and edits in Lightroom, and then if I need to refine things even more I pull it into Photoshop. I shoot using Adobe RGB for the larger color space (I often shoot nature and it has better depth in greens and blues), and then output from RAW to 16-bit ProPhoto RGB, and send the full 16-bit image to my printer to get the best tonal ranges from the 8-color cartridges. So finishing on the Mac might always be required for printing, but most of my images I don't end up printing and could get looking good enough to post online and also share with friends and family. So have I huffed too many darkroom chemicals and am crazy for thinking this? Do you think Apple is working on an iPad Pro, along with a version of Aperture, or even Logic? Do you think it will have pressure and tilt sensitivity for artists to use with a stylus? Do you think in the future that most photographers will be using tablets to edit their work? And if you have somehow found out a way to truly edit RAW photos on an iPad, please let me know! Thanks for reading.