iPad Pro

Following on my previous post about iMovie and the film industry, here's my prognostication on a future iPad, as envisioned coming to an Apple Store near you in 2013.

Meet the iPad Pro - it performs at today's macbook pro speed, and is nothing less than a super iPad. It will have an edge-to-edge screen (at least 2 of the edges), 1080p, and is thinner than any other iPad to date.

It'll cost between $1199 - $1799 be priced starting at $999. A Thunderbolt port has already replaced the 30 pin connector on all iPads.

Scenario A: 
Indy P. Filmmaker pulls out his iPad Pro. He plugs his RED EPIC into the iPad's Thunderbolt port. Connecting the iPad Pro to the RED EPIC automatically launches iMovie (this was set up in iMovie app settings under the Devices section). He now views the RED EPIC camera feed directly on his iPad Pro. He can drive the RED EPIC camera straight from the iPad if he wants with a 3rd party app developed by RED. Though the much higher resolution is captured on his RED EPIC's storage, his iPad Pro is capturing in 1080p for on-the-fly experimentation on the just captured clips right in his lap as filming takes place. Indy is able to select clips he wants to show to other crew members and share them instantly to their iPads. Indy's other camera teams are at the bottom of the hill 200 yards away, but they've already received the clip Indy wanted to show them illustrating exactly how his nearby shots were ending up. After a discussion with the distant second camera crew, Indy decides he needs to see what they see from their camera, so he pulls up the 2nd camera's feed remotely on his iPad Pro. As they film their footage, he sees it instantaneously over the air (thanks to the wireless connection to an adapter daisy chained into the thunderbolt hub which is plugged into the bottom of his iPad - the same hub that the RED EPIC is connected to).

Scenario B: 
Indy P. Photojournalist is on the set documenting Mr. Filmmaker and his preference for using the iPad Pro as an integral tool in his production process. Photojournalist opens up Photoshop on his iPad Pro (this is the full version of Photoshop for the iPad) and makes some color adjustments to his newly-captured image, and posts it directly to a media client for sale and publication. Mr. Filmmaker was watching him use Photoshop. "When did they release Photoshop for the iPad?", he wondered. "It's been out for a few months, but man is it expensive. $199!" The director blinks. "I think I'll stick with Aperture for my iPad. $4.99. I love it." Under his breath Photojounalists mutters... "cheapskate."

Scenario C:
Ima Bigg Director is at a meeting with his art director and creative staff working on next summer's blockbuster (of 2014). Every team member has their iPad Pros in hand. They're brainstorming ideas for an intense action sequence. Mr. Director pulls up an app called PrevizPro, a 3D-based application letting him easily set up and play out realistically rendered scenarios on his iPad Pro. He shows the crew something he thought up in the middle of the night. He sends the "previz" to everyone to view on their own iPads and they collaboratively manipulate the scene over the course of the brainstorming session.

Note: I mentioned the following real products: RED EPIC, Aperature (not yet on App Store), Photoshop (not yet on App Store) , and Previz (not yet on App Store).

Follow up note: If an iPad Pro materializes, many of the "pro" apps will be more pro-oriented in price. If Apple released Aperature on the App Store, I could see it being $15 - $20. If Adobe does Photoshop for the App Store, I just can't see it being $4.99, though that would be amazing. I think Adobe would try to sell for at least $150. Some of these apps would probably be $4.99 universal apps with upsell pro capabilities through in-app purchases.
Todd Hopkinson