Why Adobe’s full Photoshop on iOS is a huge win for Apple’s iPad Pro

“So it’s official. Photoshop — real Photoshop — is coming to the iPad next year. If you’re someone who uses Photoshop, uses the iPad to get work done, or both, this is big news,” Jason Snell writes for Macworld. “It’s a huge shot in the arm for the iPad Pro and another sign of where Apple’s platforms are going in the future. In 2019, iOS apps aren’t just coming to the Mac—one of the biggest and most important Mac apps is coming to iOS.”

“Photoshop is huge and it’s entrenched. It’s been used by graphics professionals for three decades,” Snell writes. “The workflows of many different fields are based on it. Businesses large, medium, and small rely on it.”

“Adobe’s move to iPad instantly makes everyone who knows, loves, or relies on Photoshop a possible candidate for an iPad Pro,” Snell writes. “And make no mistake, the iPad Pro is already plenty powerful enough to run Photoshop, and with the Apple Pencil it’s got an input method that will satisfy most graphics pros.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Adobe’s Photoshop move is yet another stamp of legitimacy for iOS and iPad Pro, the combination of which has for some time now, even before Photoshop, equaled “real computing.”

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26 Comments

    1. I normally hate subscription services. This happens to be one of the only I actually pay for. Even if you are only making a little bit of money using photoshop/lightroom, it pays for itself. I’m happy to pay, especially since I usually only used pirated copies in the past. lol

      1. Under powered over priced and you soon get bored with having to switch modes. There’s a Reason it’s style over substance while an iPad Pro working directly with a Mac would be far more useful and productive in most real life scenarios if only Apple could be bothered to develop it any time soon. Even Dell have seen the possibilities of such a concept over copying demoporn that goes all Microsoft in reality.

  1. Let’s be clear. It’s NOT REAL Photoshop. It’s a limited and stripped down version. Odd they’re not even marketing it towards REAL photographers.

    It’s geared towards compositing and it’s a push to get people to use their cloud service.

    Not that an ipad could handle a huge raw file with many layers. It just lakes the memory and processing power.

    1. Well, Adobe has said that a full, uncompromised version of Photoshop for the iPad will be coming in 2019, so there’s hope yet. Apparently, Adobe feels that the iPad will be able to handle huge raw files with many layers.

      I agree with you that Photoshop would be best served using powerful multi-core processors like an Intel i9 or Xeon to fully exploit Photoshop, but I’m only going by Adobe’s press releases.

    2. Dave – Based on the full demo at AdobeMax this week — you did watch the keynote, right Dave? — this IS real Photoshop, layers and all. Instead of a mouse, the program will rely on Apple Pencil for painting, making selections, retouching, etc.

      I agree, you can’t compare even a 12-inch iPad screen with a 27-inch monitor (or better yet, TWO 27-inch monitors), but for all those folks who like working in coffee shops, or at the beach, or on a road trip — or who have to make last-minute corrections when they’re out shopping at Target — having the ability to pull files off the cloud, make the change, and republish will be a godsend.

      My only question is when will they do the same for InDesign and Illustrator. Personally, I can’t wait.

    1. I doubt that PS iPad will be able to hold my 1MB+ files.
      And seems that everyone wants to move toward subscriptions, even my local vitamin shop who tried to entice me with a free discount on my first purchase. I smirked inside but said, “No, thanks.” I react the same toward Adobe.

  2. I’m not a photoshop expert and have only done some random photo cleanup and editing. That said, I can’t image how harder it would be to do photo editing without a mouse.

  3. Do I have control to plug in a flash drive and share the file after it is done? No true file system on the iPad is why I stay away. Just not flexible enough. Can’t plug in a USB drive, etc. I’ll stick with a MacBook.

    1. Why do you need a flash drive, when you can simply send the file wherever it needs to go?

      And the file structure for these files isn’t so much on the iPad as it’s built in to Creative Cloud. Files live in the Cloud. Hence, the name. The demo looked sweet!

  4. “It’s a huge shot in the arm for the iPad Pro and another sign of where Apple’s platforms are going in the future. In 2019, iOS apps aren’t just coming to the Mac—one of the biggest and most important Mac apps is coming to iOS.”

    From a PR standpoint only.

    “Adobe’s move to iPad instantly makes everyone who knows, loves, or relies on Photoshop a possible candidate for an iPad Pro,” Snell writes. “

    Wow, the most clueless statement in the article. No 30-year professional, that would be me, using PS worth his salt is going to a teensy thin slate screen with no mouse and firepower to create and edit gigabyte files.

    Get real, people…

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