SDPharm: Number 1 task: make the site retina display compatible. A photography gear site not able to take advantage of modern high resolution display is shameful.
"Again, that is perfectly OK but then it has to be an assumed option and it is not OK coming here to complain about the site's programmers prowess or lack of it, which was the crux to my original reply to SDPharm's comment."
Well, for casual Web browsing, an iPad is still great. I do most of my kitchen / bathroom / bedtime browsing on my iPad Pro. I could afford (and definitely could operate) the SP4 but I'm afraid I wouldn't use it as frequently in the above cases than my iPad Pro; for example because of the price difference. (it's not that big a problem if a 930 euro Pro breaks - as opposed to a 2000+ euro i7-based SP4.)
That is, even techies and photography fans (like me) may very frequently browse DPR / Flickr etc. wanting flawless for example gallery rendering support.
"People like to buy Apple products to be "trendy" in spite of their consumer-abusing "walled garden" approach and their continued failure to deliver top-tech products."
It's both a pro and a cons. I can safely give my wife, my mother-in-law etc. an iPad / iPhone because I know they won't refuse them after some days of using them. This wouldn't necessarily happen with an Android and particularly not with a full-blown Windows tablet.
Of course, for us power users, restrictions are a PIA. This is why I'm jailbreaking to get rid of some of the restrictions.
"The problem would then be a (non)clear one, yes, but on your end: Liking to be duped by Apple marketing."
A bit offensive today, aren't we? :) He may have not used the term properly, but he's still right: it's a PIA to browse the galleries with an iOS devices - low-res images and, when you zoom in everything gets misplaced.
nimrod1212: Now that we have the "pencil" why is there still no screen recording app for the iPad?
"Of course, it was removed by Apple after about 6-7 hours of the news getting published at, say, macrumors."
Fortunately, as I constantly monitor MacRumors and other, similar sites, I was able to promptly purchase the app from Apple and save the IPA.
As was the case in many of earlier tweaks: e.g., quickly (one tap) en/disabling Bluetooth from the Springboard etc.
Najinsky: Our monitors fill a good proportion of our field of vision (well, mine does) so our eyes are likely already adjusted to that.
Less likely for a tablet where much more of the periphery will be in the field.
This seems more of a comfort feature so there is less contrast between the device and the surroundings. A bit like the TVs that throw out ambient backlighting based on the content being viewed, but in reverse.
It's also used for the night shift feature to help you fall asleep quicker when reading at night.
I can't decide if it's a good idea to use it when processing images, I'll just have to wait and see when I get one. But at least it's a push in the direction of having more control over the viewing experience, which must be better than not having the choice.
PS: Remember to look away from your monitor frequently to the furthest thing away from you in the room. And at least 6 mins per hour get up and look at something outside far away. Exercise and protect your vision.
"So you have the new iPad Pro already then?"
Of course not. However,
1, I've been using 9.3 on, among other things, on my iPad Pro, ever since the first beta.
2, noone mentioned the Pro 9.7 does have an app whitelist. (It would surely have been mentioned by a lot of people, it being of extreme help to many power users.) That is, it doesn't have it either - similar to the 12.9 Pro.
kingslayer: What's the compensation? You're looking at $140k/yr plus for the talent you are looking for.
"Can I work remotely from UK?"
In the last 4-5 years, all their job postings have been US-only. (I know as, being proficient in both J2EE and iOS programming - and knowing quite a bit about photography - have been constantly monitoring their announcements.)
noflashplease: Is there anything less "cool" than another new iPad? Somehow, the iPad became a device for elderly people? Of course, the iPad only makes a negative contribution to Apple's bottom line, as overall sales have been in decline since late 2013. Sales declined 20% last year alone.
If Tim Cook really wants to be innovative, it might be time to pull the plug on the iPad line. It's a dying product.
"Somehow, the iPad became a device for elderly people? "
What's the problem with that? iOS has been designed form the ground up to be VERY simple. It's both a blessing and a PIA.
Blessing because I can just purchase my wife an iPhone knowing she WILL be able to - and WILL! - use it. (I wouldn't do the same with an Android headset, lol :) )
And PIA because it's so damn restricted for us power users, even when jailbreaking.
TrojMacReady: Interestingly, the one metric where iPhone and iPad calibration fell short the past years, is whitebalance: too cool. What's worse, the large iPad Pro actually loosened color accuracy too compared to previous (and much cheaper) siblings, which is hard to swallow considering its target audience with the Pencil and the "Pro" moniker.
In other words, they may give it a Pro name and auto WB correction, but the calibrated starting point has to be right first...
Historically, they were indeed too cool (=bluish) - as are most of today's cheap handsets. However, during the years, this got significantly better with each subsequent iDevice release.
And, if you were into JB'ing, you could ALWAYS (ever since the beginning of 2012) use f.lux to somewhat(!) decrease the white point, fixing this.
Daniel Lauring: A smaller, less expensive option is welcome.
"Oh iPad pro is way better than any Wacom product.... That Apple pencil is almost like a real pen.... Wacom is to it like a 15 years old."
Have you EVER compared the two in real life?
JordanAT: So...$980 gets you the base 9.7" iPad Pro with LTE data, the keyboard, and the pencil. There's no doubt that the camera is nicer than the Surface 3, and you're saving a few oz of weight and 1/16" of thickness, but the Surface is half the cost ($530 w/ typecover) ...and you get a full OS. That's a tough sell, imho, unless you're really wedded to the iPad workflow.
"Windows machines are heavily virus prone, require maintenance and take forever to update."
Not any more. Windows 8+ is pretty stable (no virii), updates fairly quickly etc. I only have positive experience with it - as opposed to previous editions.
lbuclk=: Can Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro replace 600 million old PCs without mouse support?
It definitely can't. And not just because of the lack of mouse support.
If a jailbreak is released for iOS 9.3+, you'll also be able to use a BT mouse with the device. However, it won't help much as the available software titles are plain bad. Heck, even Android has more advanced for example RAW developer apps than iOS.
Currently, no matter what some iOS fanboys (and Apple) says, an iPad Pro is simply no match for not even a 10-year-old PC WRT image editing, RAW developing etc.
JonnyBuoy: Other than the colour adjustment, its looking like an iPad air 3 to me. According to this article only half the RAM of the 12 inch pro model. As photographers we need the RAM! Also I understand the processor has been scaled back slightly as well, way to go Apple!
"The lower RAM and CPU throttling are likely due to power consumption restraints"
CPU throttling: yes, lower RAM: nope. I'd say the overall power consumption would, on the whole, be increased by about 1% - and it mostly would have effect on iPads sparsely used. It's the mandatory RAM refreshing, also done when the device is sleeping, that costs some - not much! - power. That is, the longer you let your iPad rest between recharges, the more you'll see the effects of the increased power usage attributed to RAM refreshing. If you ofter recharge the device, practically you wwouldn't see any adverse effect.
Well, you need to continuously monitor iOS app sites. Many of them promptly report on such apps. Then, all you need to do is at once download/purchase the app. Preferably in the desktop iTunes so that you have direct access to the downloaded IPA file, which you can, later, install on any of your iDevices via iTunes.
For example, WRT screen recording, some weeks ago the app "vidyo" was approved, doing screen recording. Of course, it was removed by Apple after about 6-7 hours of the news getting published at, say, macrumors.
Stollen1234: very good specification especially for photographer...too bad its not possible to download photoshop .. photoshop or lightroom apps are not great
"I'll be happy to jump to the enemies camp once Apple releases an iPad Pro using OS X instead :)"
It'll never happen - or at least not in the next 2-3 years.
"I can't decide if it's a good idea to use it when processing images, I'll just have to wait and see when I get one."
Apple has woefully missed the opportunity to define a user-definable "blacklist" to dybnamically(!!!) disable and, when the app is minimized / killed, re-enable night-shift. This was pretty natural back in the f.lux times (their devs not necessarily having the means - e.g., detecting which app is running ATM full screen - to do it) but Apple could definitely do it.
ATM, it costs me a lot of wasted time to continuously disable (and, when exiting, re-enable) Night Shift when I start for example the video player nPlayer or the image viewer flickr (or starting fullscreen playback using the stock player). It'd be great NOT to need to do this but depend on the system to do it automatically after an initial manual setup.
Najinsky: Very tempting, but I'm based in Thailand at the moment.
I'm afraid we non-US residents don't need to apply...
BTW, you may want to consider releasing a NATIVE iOS / Android (/ WM) app. It'd offer far better experience, particularly WRT browing photos and, when propelry(!) written, can offer much moe functionality than the current mobile version of DPR.
(Just don't do the same way as Flickr did. Their native iOS app diplays low-res crappy photos on both iPhones and iPads.)
... and the gallery is absolutely useless on an iPad. Not only because it lacks Retina support...
and this is again US residents only, I assume?
Paul B Jones: Isn't anyone concerned about the implications of throwing thousands of professional Canon complainers out of work?
Unfortunately, while the results are indeed promising, they still can't match the current Nikon (Sony) APS-C sensors (e.g., that of the D7200).