As powerful as iPads have become in recent years, its operating system is one of the device’s most limiting factors. Apple has been updating iOS incrementally, but overall there has been much left to be desired from the creative world, especially in the storage area. However, according to the recent reports from 9to5Mac, this might just change with iOS 13.
Apple is expected to announce iOS 13 at its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC19) in June, which 9to5Mac says will finally include the ability to import photos directly from external storage for third-party applications such as Adobe Lightroom CC and Affinity Photo.
Until now, after the photos were imported into the iOS Camera Roll, it was only possible to import photos into Lightroom CC and other post-production apps. This not only effectively doubled the time it took to start processing pictures but also doubled the amount of space the pictures took, at least until the pictures were fully imported into the Lightroom CC and removed from the camera roll.
According to reports that 9to5Mac had a solid history of getting right on the iOS front, it will now be possible to plug in a memory card via the USB-C port of the iPad Pro and completely skip the Photos app. Combined with the ability to now add different docks and hubs to the iPad Pro via its USB-C port, it could create a mobile setup that is pretty capable.
There’s no definite word about whether or not external HDDs and SSDs will be supported in storing Lightroom CC libraries and other media elsewhere, but that’s also one area that needs to be addressed for many photo professionals and hobbyists alike to make the jump to exclusively running an iPad Pro.
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