Apple Axes Aperture

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Development on Aperture and iPhoto has come to an end, Apple said in a statement to Jim Dalrymple over at The Loop. The company plans on replacing both photo apps with Photos, an app that was briefly introduced during June's World Wide developer Conference keynote.

Here's what Apple had to say:

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.

Photos App

Photos App on iOS 8 Preview

What remains unclear is whether or not Photos will have the professional-level features found in Aperture. Apple's demonstration of Photos was limited, and we may not know until Yosemite and iOS 8 are released this fall.

Lastly, Apple claimed that this is a "one off" situation; Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro are in no danger of meeting a similar fate.

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While I haven't yet seen the full feature set of the Photos app, this still worries me a bit. I have a feeling that the built-in app won't have the features and functions of the pro-level tool that is being cancelled, maybe not even feature set of the not-very-feature-heavy iPhoto. And right now there's nothing to worry about, because we really don't know much about Photos. Currently iOS 8 and Yosemite is only in beta, so there's a long ways to go before it's even remotely going to look like the shipping version. Hopefully Photos is going to be useful, but if not, at least there's always Lightroom as an alternative.

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Mike Weasner

I use Aperture for editing and management of 17000+ general & astro photos. I use iPhoto to manage ~100 photos synced to iOS devices. I don’t think I want my 265 GB Aperture Library in iCloud. In fact, I don’t sync ANY photos to iCloud.  After doing a photo shoot with my DSLR, I really don’t want hundreds of 16 MB Raw files sent to iCloud.  As Kelly stated, we don’t yet know how much capability will be in Photos for OS X, but with Apple pointing out ONLY its iCloud capability, I am worried that Apple is giving up professional photo editing.  On the other hand, maybe Photos will be more like what Aperture 4 would have been, with even more powerful photo editing.  I don’t see Lightroom 5 with Adobe Creative Cloud as an alternative since I don’t want cloud access.  Long live GraphicConverter!!!

Lee Dronick

I too have concerns, I like Aperture. Of coures it will probably continue to work under Yosemite and whatever comes after at. I switched, in part, to alternative Creative Suite apps when the Adobe products would have problems with new versions of OSX.



@Mike W

I don’t see Lightroom 5 with Adobe Creative Cloud as an alternative since I don’t want cloud access.

While I don’t use Lightroom, I do use Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, Dreamweaver, etc., but I use them locally. I don’t have anything in the cloud, per se. I would think you could use Lightroom and keep all of your files locally as well.

Steven Moore

Does this mean the new photos will be free with Yosemite?


I use/like Lightroom over Aperture, but I appreciate both as they have two completely different workflow designs.  It would be sad to see Aperture vanish, but on the other hand I’ve not seen much in the way of advancements.  It almost feels like they pulled all the developers off it a few years ago, and have just been doing bug fixes. =(


As long as features and functions (I use!) are not deleted - i’m fine with it.
And simple photo library sharing over wifi is re-instated. (I wonder if that will be part of Family sharing).

Bob Faulkner 1

Seems like a lot of people did not recognize the genius if the new Photos app. With Aperture, one must use a different adjustment layer for every type of move, much like Photoshop, and I assume like Lightroom. It looks like the new Photos app will combine many of those moves into a single adjustment layer. Photos is attempting to analyze your photos and your intent. But , if it gets it wrong, or you simply want to fine tune the adjustment, you can toggle the adjustment triangle open and tweak the many moves secretly made. This makes a complex adjustment easy for the amateur and fast for the professional. And, it seems to give the pot all the control he should need, while hiding all those layers that just got yo be too much in Aperture. The only thing that seems to be missing is a brush for local adjustments. But, I’ll bet that will come shortly, if not in the initial release.


I’m a bit more optimistic.
I use iPhoto and I’ve been getting more and more frustrated in it’s general kludgyness. It’s a very tired app and I’ve been wanting a complete top to bottom overhaul of iPhoto and how it works for a few years now. This is welcome news. Also while I don’t want my whole photo library on the cloud, I’m finding streams an exceedingly convenient way to move them from device to device.
I’m really excited about this.

Kelly Guimont

I haven’t seen near enough of the Photos app to make any determination. Even with a beta installed to look at it all the time, what’s there now isn’t even close to feature complete. I get the feeling iPhoto users are getting an upgrade but some of the things Aperture offers might go away which means those users might have a harder time adjusting.

Lee Dronick

Yes, we will have to wait and see how the apps compare.
Anyway it is all part of the rich tapestry of iLife.


I jumped to Aperture from iPhoto over a couple of years ago just for the advanced project/folder management features of Aperture.  A lot has changed since then and I probably don’t use 90% of the features Aperture provides, so I’m nervous but I understand that times have changed.

I’m pretty sure there was no Lightroom or similar photo app when Aperture hit the scene years ago for the Mac.  Now we have Lightroom and Aperture was long overdue for a rewrite.  I would like a new version of Aperture but maybe the Photos app wlil have most of the features that Aperture has (although, from experience, it will certainly be lacking features in its initial release and add features over time) but it will also address the most pressing omission from photo management on the Mac - photos on the cloud.  Apple is way behind here, it’s user base is demanding it (even my less-than-techie wife) and if Apple has to start from scratch to achieve it*, then so be it. 

So even though I’m sad to see Aperture go, this could open the door to much better things to all but the highest-end of Aperture users.

* That’s my personal theory on why both iPhoto and Aperture are getting replace by only one new app.  I find most of Aperture’s features easy to use and could easily fit into a consumer-level app with just a little bit of hiding.

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