Apple ending development on Aperture

A few weeks back at WWDC Apple announced some big changes to the way they deal with Photos. With a new Photos app in iOS 8 you will be able to edit photos from your iPhone or iPad and edits will be stored in the cloud so you can see the most recent version of the edited image no matter what device you are on. They also will have a new Photos application out that will replace iPhoto and that will be released early next year. Nobody knows how robust that new Photos app will be as they haven’t really released much details yet.

Yesterday Apple announced that they will be ending development on Aperture which has always been one of the top competitors to Adobe’s Ligthroom. In a statement that Apple released to The Loop Apple stated:

“When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”

Adobe has also released a statement to show their commitment to Lightroom and are going to be doubling down on Lightroom development.

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.

I know of a lot of Professional Photographers who have loved Aperture over the years and although Apple hasn’t released any details on the upcoming Photos app that’s coming in 2015 my guess is that it will be geared more towards consumers than any serious professionals. I’ll be on the lookout for any previews of this new Photos app and will cover it as it’s closer to being released. Also for those of you who might be considering moving from Aperture over to Lightroom we have lots of Lightroom intro articles coming up so stay tuned. You can always subscribe to our posts by entering your email on the right hand side.

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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