Apple today said that it is stopping the development of Aperture for OS X, its photo editing and management app targeted at pro users. Photos for OS X, briefly previewed at WWDC, will replace Aperture next year.
Apple’s statement reads:
“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. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.”
Apple currently has two different photo editing apps for OS X, iPhoto and Aperture. iPhoto is aimed at the average user while Aperture caters to pro users with advanced photo editing features. Photos for OS X will replace both these apps, hopefully with a feature set that’s good enough for Aperture users as well.
Apple will update Aperture to ensure that it runs on the upcoming OS X Yosemite, but there won’t be any new features. Photos for OS X will easily let users migrate their libraries off Aperture, and Apple’s also working with Adobe to let Aperture users move to Lightroom.
The Photos for OS X app was briefly shown at WWDC, but it will be ready only next year. The app will give you a better way to manage your photos, taking advantage of not just photos that are on your hard disk, but even on iCloud.
On iOS too, Apple will cease development of iPhoto, and all focus would be on the Photos app on iPhone and iPad.
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