iPad to become a real computer next year with the arrival of “full-fat” Photoshop

Bloomberg reports that Adobe is planning to bring the full version of Photoshop to the iPad next year.  The app may be unveiled as early as the MAX creative conference in October, and released a few months later in 2019, depending on engineering progress.

“My aspiration is to get these on the market as soon as possible,” Scott Belsky, Adobe’s chief product officer of Creative Cloud said in an interview. “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.”

Users will be able to start edits on one device and continue it on another with a different operating system, relying on Creative Cloud to keep everything in sync.   The ports will however not rely on a remote desktop-style solution, with the apps having user interfaces designed to be mobile-friendly.

Apple has been promoting the iPad as a full computer but the lack of full-power applications has left space for solutions from Microsoft, despite lacking most of the mobile applications available on the iPad. The arrival of such applications such as a full-featured Photoshop may shift the balance further in the favour of Apple’s tablet ecosystem, which has already seen a resurgence with the arrival of bigger screened iPad Pro tablets and cheaper iPads aimed at the education market.