Yes, friends and neighbors, my Mac is graced with Creative Suite and Office. I’m not proud of that fact, but it helps me to remain employed which ensures I have money for food, clothing, and chocolate. In a funny sort of way, though, Photoshop has arrived on the all new iPad Pro.
Yes, of course, you caught it. I’m playing with words to set you up for the big reveal. The iPad Pro, for now, is Apple’s new iPad Air 2 (we gotta get away from the numbering scheme; it’s so Windows-like).
This is the iPad that separates itself from previous iPads. Thinner, lighter, and mucho más rápido than last year’s antiquated model, it’s the first iPad for professionals.
Why? How? It’s that screaming fast CPU. Three cores? It’s the RAM? 2GB? It’s the anti-reflective screen which is like touching buttons, not glass. It’s more storage, less money. It’s all of the above.
So, allow me to be the first to identify the iPad Air 2 as the first iPad Pro because it’s ready to run a few professional-like apps.
Pro-like? Where’s Adobe Photoshop? Well, Mac users who couldn’t afford Creative Suite’s monthly rental fees, found Pixelmator to be a welcome substitute.
Now there’s Pixelmator for iPad.
To be perfectly honest, this isn’t Photoshop on your iPad. But it’s good. Very good.
Paint, draw, enhance photos, drop in text, create and combine and edit shapes and layers, adjust brushes, and do a huge chunk of what you could do with Pixelmator on the Mac but without the Mac.
Pixelmator for iPad is so good, so advanced, so pro-like in its capability, it requires a pro-level machine, and the first one of the iPad line is iPad Air 2 with all that RAM and storage and CPU plus GPU goodness.
Now, that brings me to my main point, which has less to do about Pixelmator and the iPad than it does Apple’s strategy with mobile devices.
As rapidly as the company’s famed engineers and pixie dust designers can, Apple is shoving professional-like attributes into iPhone and iPad. Look at the camera in iPhone 6 Plus. Why bother with a point and shoot or the inconvenience of a dedicated DSLR?
The iPhone 6 Plus camera is that good.
Most graphic designers can get by without the laundry list of feature overload and creep stuffed into Photoshop and Illustrator. Most. But not all. But Apple is offloading much of the functionality reserved for the Mac into handheld devices. Pixelmator for iPad is merely one example, and good enough that Apple brought the developers onstage to show off their wares at the recent iPad event.
Step-by-step, every year, Apple shoves more Mac functionality into iPhone and iPad. Remember, the Mac has been around 30 years. The iPad sells double to triple the number of units each quarter. The iPad has been around just over four years. Relatively speaking, it’s an infant. Alright, maybe a know-it-all middle schooler, but you get the idea.
My recently ordered 27-inch iMac 5K Retina display won’t disappear from usage any time soon, but every week, every month, more of what I once did only on my Mac shows up on my iPad and iPhone.
What does that say about the status of our mobile devices five years down the road?