Updated April 8th, 2014: Adobe just released Lightroom for iPad. But guess what, it’s only available to those who are on the Creative Cloud subscription plan. So if you own Lightroom 5 but are not subscribed to Creative Cloud, you’re out of luck getting it. Could this be an indication that Lightroom 6 will be subscription only? We hope it doesn’t but it’s possible, only time will tell… stay tuned.
It’s been a while since Photoshop Lightroom 5 was released and we’re starting to hear those close to Adobe talking more and more about the upcoming Lightroom 6 product launch. Although it’s too early to pinpoint an exact date (we haven’t yet seen the beta which signals a close release), looking at Adobe’s past releases and product cycle, we’re pretty sure the next version will be out sometime in the summer of 2014. Internal product testing is now going on with an expected public beta version to be announced and available as soon as May, 2014.
We based this expected release on when the last versions came out as well as looking at where Adobe is headed with their minor updates. Here’s a timetable of the last versions and when they became available:
- Lightroom 5.0 – Released on June 10, 2013 (this is the current version).
- Lightroom 5.0 beta – Was made available on April 15, 2013.
- Lightroom 4.0 – Released on March 5, 2012.
- Lightroom 3.0 – Released on March 23, 2010.
- Lightroom 2.0 – Released on July 29, 2008.
- Lightroom 1.0 – Released on February 19, 2007.
What happens if I just bought Lightroom 5 before LR6 was released?
Adobe has historically been pretty good at honoring customers with a free upgrade if fallen under their grace period. Just keep in mind that this does not apply to beta releases, only for orders made in the period between the official announcement date and shipping date (usually between 2-4 weeks). You can read more about the Adobe free upgrade policy.
What to we expect to see in Lightroom 6?
It’s too early to tell what’s coming for sure, but the most glaring feature missing from the latest version of Lightroom is the content-aware technology we’ve become accustomed in Photoshop CS6 and in Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud). We also hope that Lightoom will continue being available as a stand-alone perpetual product unlike what we saw happen to Creative Cloud with the entire shift to Creative Cloud.
What would you like to see in Lightroom 6? Leave your thoughts below.