It’s happening: Adobe is finally bringing the real, full Photoshop to the iPad. The company was rumoured to be working on bringing the full version of Photoshop to the iPad earlier this year as part of a major shift in strategy.
At its MAX conference today, Adobe announced it’s working on the full version of Photoshop on the iPad. The company says the app has been redesigned for a modern touch experience while offering the “power and precision of its desktop” counterpart. With the new Photoshop app for iPad, users will be able to edit PSD files on their iPad and make use of all the familiar Photoshop features.
The app will be deeply integrated into Adobe’s Creative Cloud platform, allowing users to sync their files and edits on the fly with all their devices. Adobe is currently planning to release the new iPad app in 2019.
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Adobe is also launching a new video editing app for YouTubers and social media users, dubbed Premier Rush CC. The company’s new video editing app offers a cross-platform experience for easy and intuitive video editing powered by Creative Cloud. It’s available on the desktop, as well as the iPad, iPhone, and Android.
Photoshop for iPad is going to mark the beginning for a major change in Adobe’s strategy. The company is expected to introduce a modern version of Illustrator on the iPad as well, and the Photoshop release could follow the release of its other Creative Cloud apps as well. The modern apps are expected to eventually replace the desktop versions, though that will likely take years to happen.
<p>I think that this is super-huge news, that has been rumored for quite some time.</p><p><br></p><p>Photoshop to the iPad can be seen in a number of ways. One way, is the de-emphasis of desktop dependency for traditionally big programs like Photoshop. It stands to reason, that if Adobe can shrink the size of Photoshop to work on an iPad, then ya know they are going to do it for Chrome OS. Possibly even for the web.</p><p><br></p><p>If you ask me, this is just all-around bad news for Microsoft. One of Microsoft's big selling points for Surface is that it is the only tablet that can run "big" Photoshop, because it's also a laptop that runs Windows. That argument is now gone.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#353397">In reply to Bats:</a></em></blockquote><p>I work for a retail company in IT. Our marketing department uses Adobe CC and all parts of it. We are mostly a Mac shop for that but recently have moved part of the shop to Windows PC's for the Premier part of it, since the Mac's were not powerful enough and we did not want to waste money on old Mac Pro's. Premier is running rather well on PC hardware and it utilizes GTX 1080's to speed up renders. </p><p><br></p><p>Adobe and Apple can call this yet to be released product a "full" version but you will not be able to do more than light work on a iPad. </p><p><br></p><p>Our users crush their current computers with 32-64gigs of RAM, and high end i7's with GPU support for Adobe CC enabled. There is simply no way they could run the same work load on a iPad. It would be like cramming 500lb of shate into a 5lb bag. It would be no different on a lame under powered Chromebook as well.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#353581">In reply to nbplopes:</a></em></blockquote><p>Read the verge article. It is photoshop light light with 1/10th the features of the desktop version. </p><p><br></p><p>Yes the iPad is powerful but a high desktop CPU say 8700k or Xeon or a Ryzen 2700x or Threadripper with a high end GPU is way way more powerful. Given a heavy photoshop workload/job the PC will do a way better job compared to a IPad. Not to mention the PC can utilize multiple monitors, mouse input, and keyboard shortcuts. </p><p><br></p><p>Also so your comparison of Affinity Photo and Lightroom is off. Affinity is an editor plain and simple. Lightroom is an organizer with a DB, that can do light editing. In fact in Lightroom you designate an editor like photoshop or affinity so than we you edit a photo it will open up in those editors and once done come back to Lightroom for organization. Affinity is rumored to be making their own organizer/Lightroom clone. </p>
<p>Well I think this is a big moment. Lets see what the new ipad pro models look like in a few weeks time when they're likely announced. The A12 is a very capable chip but it makes you wonder what apples chip roadmap looks like too. Either way, there stretching ahead here and in real terms people ….. </p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#353463">In reply to Yaggs:</a></em></blockquote><p>I think this looks like an up-sell cycle to all ipad owners, so its a big potential market. Theres a smart connector on the back of the ipad pro's sepcs ive seen, which sound ominously like its for a new keyboard cover. I agree about the pointer/mouse, however they solve it will define its initial success, I do wonder if you might use your iPhone as a mouse touch pad though.</p>
<p>We'll have to see how truly "full" or "real" this version turns out to be. As far as retiring desktop versions in the future, we'd have to see a massive uptick in tablet adoption and they seem to have reached a "mature" market state that took desktops decades to reach.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#353517">In reply to FalseAgent:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>but but that's apple… think different… you're thinking wrong</p>
<p>I'm curious to see how much FULL and FAST will be photoshop on ipad</p>