Back in 2010 photographers could not stop telling me how much they wanted to bring an iPad on trips, plug in a card, import raw images, pick the good ones, apply presets, and later have everything synced to the cloud. But I wrote last year of my sad disbelief at the “bizarre failure of our industry” to make this work well.
But now, maybe—maybe—the iPad Pro’s huge screen, crazy battery life, and MacBook Pro-class performance will change the equation. And here’s a very quiet but potentially critical change: The device supports 10x faster (theoretically) data import. Engadget writes,
[T]he iPad Pro is capable of transferring files at speeds that reach 5Gbps, whereas a USB 2.0 connection can only reach a max speed of 480Mbps. Apple had a good reason for not making a big deal out of it, though: you’ll need to get an extra USB 3.0 adapter to be able to take advantage of the capability, since the tablet only ships with a cable that can handle USB 2.0 speeds. Problem is, that adapter doesn’t exist yet, so you’ll have to deal with slower file transfers for a while longer.
We’ve collectively been let down (and let ourselves down) so many times here—but hope springs eternal!