Adobe To Launch Full Fledged Photoshop App For iPad In 2019

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Adobe is looking to further entrench itself into the mobile market with a full-fledged version of Photoshop for the iPad. The company already offers a number of Photoshop companion apps for the iOS platform including Photoshop Express and Photoshop Mix, but this will be Adobe’s first attempt to bring a near-desktop-class photo editing package to the iPad.

The news of the company’s intention to give iPad users a more complete version of Photoshop comes courtesy of Scott Belsky, Adobe Chief Product Officer for Creative Cloud. He says that Adobe is working on a cross-platform version of Photoshop that will offer users the ability to start a project on the desktop and complete it unhindered on a device like the iPad Pro (or vice versa). 

“My aspiration is to get these on the market as soon as possible,” said Belsky in an interview with 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.”

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The iPad Pro (along with 2018 version of the entry-level iPad) support the Apple Pencil, which allows creative professionals finer control over image creation and manipulation similar to what they're used to with Wacom digitizers on the desktop platform.

According to Belsky, many of its customers in the media and entertainment industry are steadily moving towards tablets to start and complete projects and want to be able to make edits quickly in the field. In the end, Adobe's mission is to not only appease the needs of professionals with a mobile-friendly software package, but also casual users that wouldn't kicking their feet up on the couch to work on projects.

This mobile-centric version of Photoshop is expected to launch in 2019 and will probably need a $9.99/month Creative Cloud subscription in order to unlock its full potential.