Apple has decided to stop development of Aperture and refocus the attention on the upcoming Photos app that will be released in 2015.
Speaking to Jim Dalrymple at The Loop:
“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”
Aperture currently doesn’t work with the latest Mac OS X Yosemite beta but Apple has assure that Yosemite compatibility will be sorted out to ensure easy transition to the Photos App when it is launched.
Meanwhile, Adobe is quick to react to this news with a statement on their blog:
Put simply we’re doubling down on our investments in Lightroom and the new Creative Cloud Photography plan and you can expect to see a rich roadmap of rapid innovation for desktop, web and device workflows in the coming weeks, months and years. We also continue to invest actively on the iOS and OSX platforms, and are committed to helping interested iPhoto and Aperture customers migrate to our rich solution across desktop, device and web workflows.
The Creative Cloud Photography plan, that costs S$13/mth or S$156/yr gives you access to both the PhotoShop app and the LightRoom (Desktop/Mobile version) app.
Most have predicted and not surprised that Apple stopped development for Aperture – considering the lack of any major feature updates for years. With iPhoto hardly making any impact for anyone, I am looking forward to what the new Photo app will be come next year.
Before that happens, there’s always LightRoom.
What apps are you using on your Mac to manage and edit your photos?