At Apple's last fall event, Adobe announced that a full version of Photoshop would be coming to the iPad sometime in 2019. While that hasn't happened yet, a new report claims that Adobe could be adding more Creative Cloud applications to the list.
A report by Bloomberg now suggests that Adobe will likely preview an iPad version of Illustrator - the company's vector graphics editor very soon. While the app won't likely be ready before next year, Adobe is expected to announce the preview as early as its annual MAX conference starting November 2nd.
This would be news to creatives who currently rely on tools like Fresco which aren't half as feature rich as Adobe Illustrator.
As pointed out by Engadget, the move to bring Illustrator to iPad would be mutually influential for both Apple and Adobe, just like it was with Photoshop. Adobe would benefit from the fact a lot of people will likely finish a project using an app on their iPad similar to the one on their computer. Apple, meanwhile, has been fighting to position the iPad and the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement that can handle demanding tasks. Even if the iPad version of Illustrator has significant compromises, Apple could still reel in customers who were previously convinced that mobile tablets couldn't handle heavy-duty creative work.
Exactly what features Illustrator for iPad will offer is unknown at this point, but some have already criticized Adobe because the initial version of Photoshop for iPad will lack many of the capabilities of the desktop version.
However, Adobe has been careful to say that the tablet version will be "real Photoshop." It has never said it’ll be full Photoshop. Also, the company has committed to expanding the capabilities of the iPad version of its image-editing software over time.
The same is likely to be be true for Illustrator — an initial, rather basic iPad version will be enhanced with additional features in subsequent editions. The user interface will need to be significantly changed in that first version though, just as the desktop version of Photoshop was revamped for a touch-controlled tablet not a mouse-driven Mac.