Adobe has not specified a date when Photoshop and Creative Suite CS6 will arrive in 2012, but they have released a new policy regarding upgrades to the new version. In a press release posted on Adobe's website, Adobe announced that users who wish to upgrade to CS6 will have to be on the latest version of CS5 or CS5.5 in order to qualify for upgrade pricing. Users on older releases of Adobe's software will have to pay the full retail price to upgrade to CS6. As an alternative, Adobe is offering a 20% discount on upgrades to CS5 through the end of the December 2011, but this means users will have to pay for the CS5 upgrade in 2011 and potentially (if they choose to upgrade) pay for a CS6 upgrade in 2012. This is a change in policy from past upgrades from Adobe where they generally allowed upgrades from either of the two prior releases (eg. CS4 or CS5 would qualify for upgrade pricing to CS6).
This change in policy has created quite a stir in the Creative community which relies heavily on Adobe's product line for their livelihood. Scott Kelby, the President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and a long time Adobe advocate, today posted an Open Letter to Adobe on his blog regarding the new policy.