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,
“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.”
Seems like people are either not surprised at all by this announcement, or apoplectic with rage. It shouldn’t be surprising at all: Aperture hasn’t seen a serious update in years. The company is all-in on the new Photos app and creating a single cohesive iCloud-backed platform. I do feel bad for professionals with Aperture-based workflows and years of experience and habits, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
It’s a reboot of Apple’s photo software, not a move away from pro apps in general.