Aperture 3.5 for Mac (screenshot 002)

Apple on Thursday began sending out emails to Aperture users, reminding them that the software has been discontinued. When the new Photos app for OS X launches this spring, Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store.

Users will still be able to use the popular photo editor in OS X Yosemite, but when the removal occurs, you will no longer be able to buy additional copies. Apple also notes that Aperture libraries can by migrated into Photos OS X.

Dear Aperture customer,

Last June, we introduced the new Photos apps for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, along with iCloud Photo Library, which lets you safely store all your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere. 

When Photos for OS X launches this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store. You can continue to use Aperture on OS X Yosemite, but you will not be able to buy additional copies of the app.

You can migrate your Aperture library to Photos for OS X, including your photos, adjustments, albums, and keywords. After migrating, your Aperture library remains intact. However, Aperture and Photos do not share a unified library, so any changes made after the migration will not be shared between the apps.

We thank you for using Aperture and hope you will enjoy the new Photos for OS X app.

Sincerely,

Apple

There’s no word on when OS X 10.10.3, which includes the new Photos app, will officially launch, but you can preview the software now in the latest Yosemite public beta.

Thanks Matt!

  • They should announce something about this on Monday and a full release I would assume will be by the end of March. Seems a good bet since apple watch can view photos that are working hand in hand with the phone that works with your macbook/imac etc.