Apple introduced a new Photos app during its Worldwide Developers Conference that will become the new platform for the company. As part of the transition, Apple told me today that they will no longer be developing its professional photography application, Aperture.
As a former Aperture-turned-Lightroom user, I’m genuinely gutted that Aperture is no more but not at all surprised. It had great potential but has always been slow on the update front and its performance was sub-par, even on a high-end Mac.
But I can see why. Apple’s photo management and editing options is a mess on both Mac and iOS. iPhoto for Mac has gotten steadily worse over time and Aperture hasn’t seen a substantial update since it’s third release in 20101. By getting rid of all photo apps and introducing a singular Photos app, Apple is able to bring everything back to a central place. Whilst this is at the expense of their professional photo app, it’s fair to say that many have already jumped over to Lightroom so the number of users it affects will be minimal.
If you are a regular user of Aperture, it’ll still work (for now) but it might be a good time to sign up to Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Subscription that gets you Photoshop CC and Lightroom at less than $9.99 a month if you’re looking for an alternative.
Aperture 3.5 was released in October 2013 that add a number of small features but it was by no way a significant update. ↩