Laptop broke. Can iPad Pro work as my photography tool?

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Laptop broke. Can iPad Pro work as my photography tool?

Laptop broke. Can iPad Pro work as my photography tool?

Not sure if here or the ipad forum is better. For some context, I am Google/Microsoft everything so this is my first Apple product. My laptop recently died on me, so instead of replacing it with a new laptop I opened up to the idea of an iPad Pro.

I foresee 3 main usecases:

- Casual browsing, apps, and whatnot at home. One thing I wonder/worry about is displaying content on my TV. I would use Chrome on my laptop, or channel apps to Cast to my NVidia Shield. I have no apple airplay receiver. Will I not be able to Cast from iPad pro?

- Photography editing. Using Lightroom and Photoshop to edit a photo or a few photos. Probably some culling/organization as well. I have a desktop as my primary editor, along with full catalog stored on external drive/backup system. But thinking I could manage new photos + edit single files on the iPad? I haven't totally looked into the workflow to make this work nor the Lightroom app feature limitations vs current Lightroom Classic. I'm not positive how I would get select RAW files to/from the iPad, along with the edits.

- Travel companion. Maps, looking up information, backing up photos on the go, that sort of stuff. I mainly wonder about being stuck unable to use traditional desktop experiences on some sites, but perhaps now more than ever this isn't really a problem or would be super fringe. It would certainly be lighter and smaller overall, which sounds fantastic.

So what do you think about iPad Pro for the above? My bigger concern is around the photography editing, of course, as any ipad could handle the others. I like the idea that I'll still have my desktop, so I mainly wonder whether this can replace my 2nd device, laptop, or whether it's still too limited.

The follow up is determining which would suit best - iPad 11 or 12.9, and 2018 refurbished or brand new. Processor seems identical, but bump to 6GB of RAM. Don't care about camera. Otherwise they seem incredibly similar? I've used 13" and 15" laptops, and my desktop is 27" monitor. I wonder if 11" iPad screen is fine for photo editing + management, or whether the 12.9 is the much better choice? On the flipside, I've heard the 12.9" is just too big for more casual use as it's just too unwiedly.

Really appreciate any guidance or advice for my potential foray into/back into iOS!

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