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Apple has confirmed that it will no longer be developing its professional photo editing software Aperture when OS X Yosemite is released later this year. The company is shifting focus to the new Photos app that it previewed at the WWDC keynote, which effectively replaces both iPhoto and Aperture on previous versions of OS X. The app is set to launch early next year… 

Photos adopts several of the advanced photo editing features of Aperture, including photo filters and smart adjustments for exposure, brightness, contrast and more. An Apple spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that it will be helping users transition their Aperture photo libraries to the new Photos app in OS X, which makes use of the new 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,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”

Apple will continue to provide software updates for Aperture to ensure compatibility on OS X Yosemite, but it will no longer develop the app. Despite the transition, the report claims that Apple is not moving away from offering software or services for its professional users. The company will continue to offer apps like Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for its creative pros.

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Apple is also working on a transitional plan for moving Aperture users to Adobe Lightroom, which has long been one of its biggest competitors in terms of photo editing software. The move does make sense as Apple aims to streamline its photo offerings, and it wouldn’t be surprising if development is ceased on the iPhoto app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well in the near future.

Do you use Aperture?

  • James Gunaca

    I’ve been using Aperture for years now and this is very disappointing. But, if the Photos app is great from the start and doesn’t deprecate a ton of features (like iWork did when they were re-released) then it will be ok. On the surface, the new Photos looks great, and I’m psyched for iCloud Photo Library, but Aperture has always been more powerful than iPhoto.

    At least I can stop waiting for an Aperture announcement, though.

  • Sokrates

    Lightroom 5!

  • Decio Arruda

    I don’t care about Aperture but I’m a heavy FCP X user, and an even more heavy Logic Pro X user. This worries me about the future of “PRO” Apple software more than anything else.

    • Maxim∑

      Apple offers the Mac pro. As long as that stays I’m sure apple will continue to make pro software

    • BoardDWorld

      The possibility of Pro apps merging down the line is very likely. Apples focus has made a definitive shift towards profiting from hardware & services. But that’s great for everyone. You’ll be able to by a Mac at anytime in the future & have the ability to do what you want without paying anything for Pro software. With Apples design ethics it will be visually simple & easier for the common user to navigate. This will temporarily annoy users of Pro apps but we’re all naturally good at adapting aren’t we…

      Of course the older Pro apps will run until all the features you require are implemented or you find something 3rd party that’s suitable.

  • This is saddening, because I rely on Aperture to tether my Canon 5D Classic, which only tethers on my mac to Aperture and nothing else. Stability updates are a reasonable compromise, but I would love to see them update the UI and create a speedier workflow in Aperture. Its not a bad app by any means, but the professional standards these days for Photographers is Lightroom/Photoshop. I highly doubt that they’ll have tethering capabilities in the Photos app.

  • Falk M.

    Thanks for informing your userbase so timely about a decision that has obviously been made many many months ago if not years.

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