According to a Bloomberg report, Adobe is reportedly planning to release a full version of Photoshop for the iPad. The official announcement is expected to happen in October at the MAX creative conference followed by a release in 2019. When Apple released iOS 11, it added a number of multitasking features for the iPad and the release of the Apple Pencil made the tablet device better equipped for designers.
By bringing the full version of Photoshop to the iPad, it should make more of Adobe’s products compatible across multiple devices and it would also increase subscription sales. Adobe’s chief product officer of Creative Cloud Scott Belsky had confirmed with Bloomberg that the company is building a cross-platform iteration of Photoshop along with its other applications.
The Adobe Creative Cloud is Adobe’s subscription service, which offers licenses for using apps like Photoshop, Premiere, and Illustrator on Windows and Mac computers. Adobe’s upcoming versions of the apps would allow users to have access to the full versions of the apps on the iPad along with other mobile devices.
“My aspiration is to get these on the market as soon as possible,” said Belsky in an interview via Bloomberg. “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.” Belsky also said that there has been demand from Photoshop users to have the ability to make “edits on the fly.”
Adobe moved all of its apps to the cloud back in 2012 and rolled out a subscription model around that time. This strategy worked very well because sales have more than doubled at the end of this fiscal year and the stock increased over 700%. However, a number of mobile devices still only have access to stripped-down versions of its software like Photoshop Express. Bringing the full version of Photoshop to the iPad would help rectify that issue.