Yes, that’s right, it’s finally coming. Photoshop is to become an iPad app. Apple’s dream of turning the iPad Pro into a desktop replacement is potentially about to become a little more true thanks to a report from Bloomberg today. All I can say is, it’s about time!
Bloomberg reports that Adobe is working on a new cross-platform version of Photoshop, as well as other applications. These cross-platform apps will allow users to run the full versions of those applications on the iPad, and then continue edits on other devices, like a desktop or laptop.
While Adobe’s lack of a real Photoshop for iOS has allowed others, like Affinity Photo, to enter the fray, it’s still the core product that most photographers use to retouch their images. Affinity Photo’s release for the iPad, though, certainly shows that people want that freedom and flexibility to retouch on their tablets. Affinity Photo was also awarded the title of iPad App of the Year by Apple themselves in 2017.
So, the demand is most definitely there, and Serif’s proven that the iPad is capable.
As well as satisfying the needs of professionals who want to work on the go, Bloomberg says that Apple is also trying to appeal to the more casual user who doesn’t want to spend hours sitting at a desktop. And, who can blame them? I’d like to be able to sit back on the couch with my feet up editing on a tablet sometimes, too.
But I wouldn’t start celebrating just yet. Photoshop for iOS is not going to be coming until 2019, so they say. And they don’t mention which of the 12 months in 2019 it will be coming – assuming they can stick to a 2019 release.
[via The Verge]