Since it debuted in the 90’s, Photoshop has undergone a innumerable advancements. Since it was initially sold with Barneyscan-branded scanners, it was almost named Baneyscan XP, but that all changed when Thomas and John Knoll sold it to Adobe Systems. 30 years later, Adobe Photoshop is so popular that it’s become a verb used by many when referring to photo editing. The latest advancement in the pipeline? A full version of Adobe Photoshop on iPad.
On the other hand, Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc. introduced the iPad with the ultimate vision of it replacing laptops. Unfortunately, there was a reduction in the growth of iPad sales over the last few years, but the recent introduction of Pro models has sparked interest in the product again. While these models have the same capabilities of a notebook, some things are still amiss, most notably: the full version of Adobe Photoshop, so it goes without saying that giving iPad users access to the full version of Adobe Photoshop will give Apple a huge push in achieving Steve Jobs’ vision.
According to anonymous sources, Adobe plans to reveal the full version of Photoshop for iPad at the annual MAX conference in October this year and plans to make it available during the course of 2019.
This bold move is a win-win-win situation. It’s awesome news for photo and image editing enthusiasts and professionals, because only mini-versions of Photoshop are currently available on Apple’s App Store. For Apple Inc, this advancement is a step towards Apple Inc’s plans for their operating platform iOS11 to mimic the functionalities of desktops. For Adobe Systems, having the full version of Photoshop available to iPad users will meet the requirements of professionals needing to work away from their desktops, while satisfying the more casual Photoshop users.
When approached by Bloomberg to comment on the rumours pertaining to these plans, Chief Product Officer of Adobe, Scott Belsky confirmed that Adobe is, in fact, working towards a cross platform version of Photoshop and suggested that this would be the case for the other Creative Cloud apps as well. However, he made no mention of a timeline. During his interview, he stated, “My aspiration is to get these on the market as soon as possible. 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.”
Previously, Adobe released new versions of Lighroom CC, offering feature equivalence across all desktop and mobile platforms for iPad, iPhone, Mac and Microsoft Windows. Not only do these apps sync their libraries across all devices, recent updates make it possible to sync editing presets, providing users with a seamless editing experience across all platforms too.