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Full Photoshop coming to iPad in 2019 – will it finally make us post-PC?

Adobe is aiming to bring the the full Photoshop suite to the Apple iPad sometime next year, a new report claims.

In news likely to be greeted enthusiastically by photographers and editors, the iOS release is part of a new plan to increase cloud-based collaboration across a range of devices.

Photoshop users have made clear to the firm they want to make “edits on the fly” the company’s Creative Cloud boss told Bloomberg.

According to the report, the iPad version of the software so popular it has become a verb, will be unveiled at the Adobe MAX creative conference in October. However, the release won’t come until 2019 at the earliest, with the sources claiming that could yet slip.

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“My aspiration is to get these on the market as soon as possible,” Creative Cloud chief product officer Scott Belsky 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.”

Adobe has released a number of lighter apps onto the App Store (34 to be precise), but nothing approaching the functionality of the full Photoshop suite. Likewise, a host of apps have attempted to step into the void, with tools like Pixelmator rising to prominence. However, for hardcore, long-time users nothing but full-fat Photoshop is likely to suffice.

Such a release would go further towards achieving Apple’s eternal goal of making the iPad a compromise-free post-PC device. Until now, iOS intricacies and the lack of the tools and power creatives demand have seen this goal fall short, but Apple is taking big steps on the iPad Pro line in particular.

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