Adobe 'All-In' on Photoshop for iPad, Illustrator for iPad Coming Next Year

Following a recent Bloomberg report that Adobe continues to be committed to releasing the promised Photoshop CC for iPad app by the end of 2019, Daring Fireball's John Gruber has offered up some additional info on Adobe's plans.

Gruber says that Adobe is "all in" on photoshop for ‌iPad‌, and that it's viewed as a "serious top-shelf project for creative professionals."


The team of engineers working on it has grown significantly from a year ago, and they have plans to add features iteratively on an aggressive schedule. It's reasonable to be disappointed that it isn't further along feature-count-wise, but anyone who cares about Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ as a long-term product should be very excited about its foundation, direction, and the attention Adobe is paying to the fine details of a touch-first Photoshop UI.
In response to reports that Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ beta testers are unhappy with limited and missing core Photoshop features, Gruber explains that Adobe is positioning the software as "real" Photoshop as it's built using the same code base that's used for the desktop version. That's been interpreted as a "full" version of Photoshop, which isn't quite correct.
Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ is real because it is using the same code base that's been running on the desktop for decades. That's an amazing technical accomplishment. Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ is not full -- and the initial release was never planned to be -- because it only exposes a subset of features from the desktop version.
Adobe first announced its plans to introduce an ‌iPad‌ version of Photoshop CC in October of 2018, promising it for release in 2019. Adobe has been testing the app with beta testers since May, but there's still no specific word on when it will launch.


Though it won't be a complete mirror of Photoshop on the desktop, the Photoshop CC app for ‌iPad‌ is designed to let users open and edit native PSD files for cross-platform functionality. Adobe is planning to add several features later, including rotate canvas, shapes/paths, custom brushes and fonts, color swatches, curve adjustment, smart objects, and grids and guides.

In a separate report released this afternoon, Bloomberg says that Adobe is also working on a version of Illustrator that will work on the ‌iPad‌. Adobe is said to be planning to preview Illustrator for ‌iPad‌ at its Adobe MAX conference in November before releasing the app in 2020.

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4 weeks ago
Yes, $19.99 a month for each program.

I refuse to pay a subscription for software, I rather just buy it like we were once able to.
Rating: 41 Votes
4 weeks ago
If it is subscription based, then I am not interested.
Rating: 28 Votes
4 weeks ago

Photoshop and now Illustrator?

But.....the iPad is just a toy. It’s useless for productivity. /s


Well toy versions of them. We have toy versions of office on iPad too. But thats nothing new.
Rating: 15 Votes
4 weeks ago
Photoshop used to be a goto program. I don't do about other people, but I have no interest in supporting subscription based software. None. Bye Adobe.
Rating: 12 Votes
4 weeks ago


Photoshop and now Illustrator?

But.....the iPad is just a toy. It’s useless for productivity. /s


Saying you can start working next year is the opposite of productivity.
Rating: 11 Votes
4 weeks ago
I find it amazing that the common perception still seems to be that photoshop is peerless. Maybe true a few years ago but not anymore.
Rating: 7 Votes
4 weeks ago
I’m sure they believe this, and they want it to be true.

Problem is they are years behind. And the competitors, who are less expensive and without subscriptions, will not stand still, And they are awesome today.

Yes, Adobe will make a lot of money because they will bundle and because of file compatibility, but my guess is the throne is lost.
Rating: 7 Votes
4 weeks ago


Well toy versions of them. We have toy versions of office on iPad too. But thats nothing new.

No, full blown versions. Have you not listened to what Adobe was saying?

Or......you could look at the demo Adobe did. They opened up a large 3GB 12,000 x 12,000 pixel image with 157 layers and it was able to function smoothly. This was last year. It was already well beyond a toy back then.

If you don't like Adobe, you can choose other options like Pixelmator or Affinity, which are very capable and light years beyond anything you'll find over on Android tablets (which are dead/useless).


Saying you can start working next year is the opposite of productivity.

I can be productive right now using Photoshop on my Mac. Or PC. Like so many people already do. The iPad will be another device you can work on, in a different form factor that's more suited to actually drawing/creating.

At least on iOS I'll have that option. On Android you won't since these types of high-end Apps simply don't exist in Fisher Price land.
Rating: 7 Votes
4 weeks ago


As a designer, I am very curious to try PS on the iPad.

Get affinity photo instead. One time price and it’s even better is some ways than photoshop for desktop.
Rating: 7 Votes
4 weeks ago


Photoshop has been on Android for years. Fail.

Now you’re resorting to straight up lies? We had this discussion before (when I asked you to list the Top 10 Android Apps for photo/video). You know very well that’s a dumbed down “lite” version that has nothing in common with Photoshop except the name. Yet you still decided to lie about it. Again.
Rating: 6 Votes

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