Despite maintaining a consistent form factor, price point and function set across its range of iPads, Apple’s tablet computers have transformed drastically from object of ridicule, e-book reader, notebook redux and now on the cusp of laptop killer.
Vast improvements to computing power, thoughtful integrations with key peripherals like Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil and software overhaul with iPadOS might be responsible for this meteoric rise.
But it’s not all to Apple’s credit. Adobe’s Fall 2018 announcement for a full-fledged version of Photoshop on iPad took the tech world by storm – Apple’s widely-ridiculed “What’s a Computer?” advertisement campaign proved to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Slated for launch in 2019, Photoshop for iPad is currently in beta and is widely expected to debut during Adobe Max – the software giant’s creative summit and conference of sorts.
Adobe Fresco for iPad, an AI-imbued drawing and painting app recently launched to great aplomb. It combines traditional, real-life painting effects with revolutionary capabilities only possible with an intelligent digital medium – allowing for unorthodox medium and substrate combinations amongst other features.
Even before the official launch of Photoshop for iPad, reports have emerged that Adobe will too debut Illustrator for iPad some time in 2020. Bloomberg reports that it is part of Adobe’s push to bring its Creative Cloud suite of apps to iPad.
The report also suggested that Illustrator for iPad will premiere as a preview at Adobe Max 2019, and when completed will feature most of the capabilities of the desktop version of Illustrator.
However, Bloomberg warns that despite promises, several features for Photoshop on desktop were not available on the iPad beta, although Adobe confirms that the company will “expand the capabilities” of Photoshop for iPad in due course.
With Adobe Fresco for iPad already available and iPad-ready Photoshop and Illustrator in the pipeline, along with the recent launch of Premiere Rush CC mobile and Lightroom CC mobile, Adobe is increasingly pivoting to tablets and mobile devices.
VR Zone will be on the ground during Adobe Max 2019. Stay tuned for our in-depth coverage.