Photoshop CC for iPad Still Releasing in 2019 Albeit Without Many Key Features

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 17 Oct 2019

Last year, Adobe had announced that it was bringing full-fledged Photoshop CC to the iPad in 2019. Since then, the company has been mum about the app, though it did start accepting beta applications for it in May this year. A new report confirms that Adobe is on track to release Photoshop CC for the iPad in 2019.

To meet the deadline though, the initial version of the app will lack a number of key features found on its desktop counterpart. Adobe will officially provide an update about Photoshop CC for the iPad at its MAX conference in November this year.

Many users who have been beta testing the iPad app have been unhappy with the number of key features it lacks especially with filters, pen, color spaces, RAW editing, smart objects, and layer styles.

“Feature-wise, it feels like a beefed-up cloud-based version of their existing iPad apps and not ‘real Photoshop’ as advertised,” said someone beta-testing the software, who declined to be named talking about an unreleased app. “I understand it is based on desktop Photoshop code, but it doesn’t feel like it right now.” Other testers have called the app “rudimentary” and said, in its current state, it is inferior to other apps like Procreate and Affinity on the iPad.

Scott Belsky, chief product officer of Adobe’s Creative Cloud division, said that the company is working on a lot of features with Apple and they will be “coming in hot” before launch. He also said that it was impossible to launch Photoshop CC on the iPad with all the features found on the desktop app which has accumulated over 25 years.

“Launching every single feature that was accumulated over 25 years on the iPad on day one would not best serve our customers and the needs they have.” Usage on a desktop and an iPad isn’t “apples to apples,” he said, and Adobe “will definitely expand the capabilities” of Photoshop on iPad over time.

Photoshop CC for iPad will allow users to open and edit native PSD files without destroying the original file. It will also feature cloud syncing with Adobe’s creative cloud meaning all changes to a file will be synced to the cloud and all devices and machines linked to that account. This will allow users to start a project on their iPad and then seamlessly continue editing it on their laptop or PC.

[Via Bloomberg]