I been using Ipad Pro 10.5 now for just about one year and have to say it has been for the most part an enjoyable experience. I cannot think of a time since I got it that it is not with me, 24/7.
However, as a photographer, I find Apple’s requirement that all images be passed through the Apple Photo application is extremely, highly restrictive by not allowing programs like Lightroom CC mobile, Affinity Photo Mobile and all others to import images directly into their own apps.
Apple Photo relies upon the Apple Cloud for storing images and even though apps like Lightroom can save images to a variety of places the only true storage area is still the Apple Cloud.
When it came time for me to make a choice as to what device I wanted to carry with me beyond a heavy portable computer I had narrowed down the options to two devices. One was the Ipad Pro and the other was the Microsoft Surface. I opted for the Ipad Pro because I have been an Apple product user for many years but I think Microsoft has provided features that Apple had the chance to implement with the “pro” models but chose not to. And I do understand that Apple relies on small apps and Microsoft uses full programs, but the apps are not the issue here.
Apple could have added a USB port but they chose not to. Apple could have allowed other apps to bypass the Apple Photo app, but they did not. I could go on and on about what Apple refused to do, but it all boils down to fact that they did not provide simple solutions for photographers that Microsoft did.
If I had wanted decide to use the Surface I would have had to purchase new software because everything I own is for Mac.
There are days I am sorry that I did not go with Microsoft if only for my image processing on a portable device which is what I wanted the Ipad Pro for. I guess my dislike for Windows kept me from doing that, but now I have to wonder, what if.
Considering that my main purpose for a small and portable device was for doing image processing and culling while out and about wither device would allow me to do that. But what Apple does not do is allow me to save images directly to a portable drive via a USB device. It only allows me to import images via the Apple SD card dongle. It does have a way to hook up a USB device but more often than not a message saying that the device on the Apple Ipad can not be powered and yet hooking up that same device to the Surface would not even blink.
So if you are looking for a portable device to do mainly image processing then look into all your options no matter what your current system is. All devices will take you to your favorite social media and email options. Perhaps the most outstanding differences is one system relies on apps and the other on programs. Apps or less expensive and in many cases equal to programs in how they perform.
Do I love my Ipad Pro? Sure I do. But I could probably love the Microsoft Surface just as much.