According to The Loop, Apple is no longer continuing development on Aperture, its trademark professional photography software. Instead, Apple is working on the Photos app for the mac, which was briefly shown off at the Apple World Wide Development Conference. The Photos app will be combined with the iCloud photo library to replace both iPhoto and Aperture. Apple says users will be able to seamlessly transfer their old libraries to the new software on release. The big advantage with the new Photos app is the ability to sync every photo the user takes with iCloud Photo Library.
“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.
The new app will let also let users edit and search their entire libraries on the cloud on any of their Apple devices. For fretting professionals who rely on pro apps, Apple has not announced the discontinuation of any other pro apps like Logic Pro or Final Cut Pro. However, Aperture users may want to look into finding new software to fit their needs, such as Adobe’s Lightroom. Since Apple has announced the discontinuation of Aperture, Adobe has said its “doubling-down” on its Lightroom and Creative Cloud photo editing and management tools for OSx and iOS. Aperture has not received any major updates since October 23, 2013, and as a result, has drastically fallen behind its competition. Adobe has taken advantage of this opportunity, bringing Lightroom to the iPhone and iPod Touch in the past year, while also releasing significant updates to its Creative Cloud software.
The news did not seem to have an immediate effect on the company’s stock price, as AAPL ended the day up 1.19%. For the people that rely on Aperture to do professional work, they only have one thing on their mind regarding the new Photos app, “It better be good”.
– Joe Stempel