According to a new report, Adobe is soon planning to launch a full version of the Photoshop app for the Apple iPad. The company is said to unveil the app at its MAX creative conference in October, and is likely going to launch it in 2019. Adobe is taking the huge step to expand the reach of its photo editing software to both professionals and hobbyists.
While the company already has a set of creative cloud applications for the iPhone and the iPad, none of them are deemed to be as good as the one available on PC and Mac. However, the company states that the new app will be a complete version of Photoshop, which will allow users to create and edit projects on the iPad, on-the-go. It will also enable cross-platform capability, which is also a feature many have been waiting for.
Adobe chief product officer for Creative Cloud Scott Belsky, confirmed the news to Bloomberg, but didn’t give any additional details on it. He was quoted by the website saying, “My aspiration is to get these on the market as soon as possible,” further stating, “There’s a lot required to take a product as sophisticated and powerful as Photoshop and make that work on a modern device like the iPad. We need to bring our products into this cloud-first collaborative era.”
According to Bloomberg, the app will be targeted towards professionals and casual users, especially from the media and entertainment industry, who the company believes have moved on to tablets as their daily drivers. The new app will have a mobile-friendly interface, rather than simply being a replica, straight out of the PC version. It will also not serve as an immediate replacement for the Photoshop app on the PC, but will be offered alongside it. In a way it will be designed to offer the best of both worlds.
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The move also helps Apple get close to its goal of offering the iPad as a proper replacement for the PC. The company launched iPad Pro models with the Apple Pencil support, specifically targeting them towards designers and creators. Now with the full-fledged Photoshop app coming to the platform, it will only make that decision to move to an iPad, easier for these customers.