Lightroom Mobile needs to work with a calibrated iPad screen or it is useless to work with its development tools

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I like the new image development tool additions to Lightroom Mobile, but I see no point in using them for processing my images if I can't do it on a calibrated screen on my iPad. So, I think all the new Development features are useless right now. I think you need to either provide a tool for calibrating the iPad screen (I doubt you will do this) or make LR Mobile accessible to X-Rite's ColorTrue utility that calibrates the iPad with an i1DisplayPro devise. I used this X-Rite system to calibrate my iPad screen, but the calibration/profile is not accessible to LR Mobile.
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Rikk Flohr, Champion

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I am unaware of any photo-editing app that can do this. Can you name one so I can look at it?
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Rikk, Thanks for getting back to me.
To answer you, I don't know, but I do know that X-Rite has provided an avenue to be able to work with a calibrated iPad screen - their ColorTrue. I don't see the point for professionals - or anyone serious - to waste time editing images in LR Mobile without a calibrated screen. Otherwise, the edits are useless when I transfer them onto my home computer to work with Lightroom 5 and CC 2014. Adobe is the gold standard, so its products should be gold. Has Adobe had any contact with X-Rite over this?
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Why are the edits useless? I'm serious about a colour managed workflow, but I am also quite happy to make broad / rough adjustments on the iPad and then fine tune that work later on a big computer. I get various opportunities to do some adjustments when I would otherwise have had down time, eg on the train, waiting at the dentist's, in the pub, sitting around with the family. So it's not wasted time, quite the contrary - less needs doing later, and I can devote that serious time to the finer tuning. That's the point.

If colour management came to the iPad I'd probably use it, but I don't make the perfect the enemy of the possible.
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I am guessing your beef may be with Apple - specifically the lack of a method for porting color calibrations to apps other than X-rite. I calibrate my iPad with a Spyder but outside of the Spyder Gallery, the profile is worthless - regardless of the app's manufacturer.

Regardless - What John says is true. LRm develop tools are for on-tablet editing and meant to be finished on the desktop or for processing iDevice camera captures. It is when you are using the app other than how it was intended (finished product from a Raw file) that this lack becomes a problem.
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Lightroom Mobile needs much more than color profiles for iPads ...

It's useless in the field as long as one must roundtrip images via Adobe's servers and convert the images to Smart Previews.

For me, color calibration would be nice ... but wouldn't enhance the use of an iPad in lieu of a laptop in the field.

In my experience, I've seen very few iOS devices that render unpleasant or grossly inaccurate color.