This is an open letter to Apple with regards to the next iPad from a photography stand point. With the official Camera Connection Kit, Apple must be keen to embrace the iPad for photography in some respects.
After using this kit, editing software and speaking to a couple of photo app developers, I have 2 requests to Apple.
1. Give us 1GB of RAM. Large RAW support and also layer support in editing apps is hindered by the relatively small 512MB of RAM in the current model. While IOS in general runs well with this amount of memory, certain apps are screaming out for more RAM which will make the iPad a more versatile tool for the mobile user.
2. Give us a better quality screen in the iPad 3. While a resolution increase would be welcome, I'm thinking more about the yellower screen of the iPad 2. Since I switched to using the iPad 2, I have adapted to the screen colour balance and in general it is not an issue however after editing a series of images over the weekend exclusively on the iPad 2 and then reviewing them on a couple of other PCs, what initially appeared as pleasingly warm images on the iPad 2 are showing very much a cold, bluer tint on other screens. While I am now aware of this and can adjust the initial edits to get relatively accurate edits, I feel this is the one area where the iPad 2 screen is unacceptable.
Please Apple, continue the promise you have shown with the iPad 1 and the Camera Connection Kit and flesh this out to a more mature offering. I'm not asking for built in memory card slots or even screen calibration - I'm sure this issue stems from yellower LEDs. Just improve things enough to realise the potential. Things as they stand feel a little half baked!
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