Professional photo editing on an iPad Pro could soon become a reality as Apple opens the door to raw photo-editing applications as part of its upcoming iOS 10 operating system.

A slide from a presentation posted online after the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco

Details of the move were outlined at a Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, entitled ‘Advances in iOS Photography’.

Brad Ford, a senior software engineer at Apple, told app developers yesterday: ‘If you develop, or are even just thinking about developing a photography app then this is a very good OS for you.’

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Comparing the components of a raw file to the ingredients used to bake a cake, Ford added: ‘The ability to shoot raw and JPEGs is kind of a professional feature and a big deal…

‘We support, just like on DSLR cameras and mirrorless cameras, a workflow where you can get both raw and JPEG, simultaneously.’

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He added: ‘Rather than introduce an Apple-proprietary raw file format like so many other camera vendors, we’ve elected to use Adobe’s digital negative format for storage.’

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There is no news on whether Apple will enable raw image capture direct from an Apple device.

You can watch the full presentation, using a Safari browser HERE.

Apple iOS 10 is due to be launched in the autumn.

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