Thursday, June 27, 2019


I have a love-hate relationship with the iPad Pro. I use it as my main work machine, partly because it is more powerful and portable than most laptops on the market, and it has the best stylus on a commercial device. But the main reason is because it has exclusive access to LumaFusion, the best video editing software for intermediate-level video editors such as myself. Final Cut Pro is a bit too advanced for my skill level and needs right now, and PC video editing software such as PowerDirector simply aren't as intuitive as LumaFusion.

But using the iPad Pro as my main work machine has required significant compromises on my end, because Apple had stubbornly neutered the device's power and potential with limited mobile software and an insistence on doing things the Apple way.
For example, the 2018 iPad Pro uses USB-C, the do-it-all port that can transfer power and data at high speeds, but Apple's software has mostly eliminated the latter, as the iPad Pro's USB-C port does not support external storage. There's also a very limited filing system that forces users to save files only to apps that support local storage.
These restrictions have created some absurd hoops through which I have to jump just to do daily work. To move videos shot with my Sony mirrorless camera to an iPad, I have to first transfer the video files to an iPhone (the iPad doesn't support external card readers, but somehow the iPhone does) and then AirDrop the videos over to the iPad. When I need to download official press images off a company website, I can't just tap on the download link and save the images to my local storage, I have to use a third party app to open the photos and then save them to the iPad's photo gallery, one by one.

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