Apple kills development of Aperture and iPhoto for OS X

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Apple gave developers an early preview of its upcoming Photos app this month at WWDC, but what it didn’t tell anyone is that new app for iOS will also overthrow Apple’s iPhoto and Aperture apps for OS X.

A new Photos app for OS X isn’t expected to land on Macs until next year, but in a statement released to The Loop, Apple says it has already stopped development on its professional photography application, Aperture.

Here’s the official statement:

“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.”

iPhoto is also getting the axe after serving as the photography hub for Apple’s iLife suite for the past decade. The new Photos app will absorb many of iPhoto’s features while also giving users the same experience Apple introduced on iOS 8 with editing controls for color, lighting, filters and more.

Pros who have been using Aperture for years will undoudtedly be frustrated, but there are still plenty of better options for Mac, like Lightroom. Apple’s not ditch pro software altogether though. The Loop reports Apple is adamant that their other professional apps like Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro will continue to get the love and attention they deserve from Cupertino’s software engineers.

  • ChanceDM

    iPhoto does seem very slow. If this new Photos app is speedier, I won’t mind.

    • abazigal

      If photos is simply a no-frills photo management / viewer app, it should feel faster and less bloated.

  • emcampbe

    I assumed that Photos would replace iPhoto on the mac and can’t say I’m unhappy. iPhoto was extremely slow, and not only slow to use itself, but also slowed down my entire computer when it was open. It’s been like that through several versions and computers – I always hope it would be improved in the next, but never was.

    Wonder if some of the iPhoto features will make it over though – things like Faces and (hopefully improved) Facebook integration.

  • appliance5000

    Plenty of apps like lightroom – and uh – lightroom -and ….

  • Ian Docherty

    Apple…………………SHAME ON YOU!!!

  • John Caradimas

    What a stupid decision to dump Aperture! I am no pro and Aperture was just perfect for my needs, never felt the urge to learn any of the Adobe programs.

    Anyone has any idea if Photos will have any of Aperture’s functionality? I don’t care for iPhoto, too little to be of any use.

    • Kr00

      Until the replacement is released for preview, don’t get all angry just yet. Nobody’s seen this new app so hold your fire.

      • John Caradimas

        I guess you are right! But I hate changing programs I am comfortable with!

      • http://www.MagicDonkey.co.uk/ Jonas Hamill

        The aperture you already have will still work. They’re just not making a new one. So if you’re comfortable with what you have, just keep using it.

      • CelestialTerrestrial

        No kidding. It wouldn’t surprise me if they start adding features that people want in the new replacement app. Obviously, it’s tied to the Cloud services, so I’m sure they’ll probably end up with something better and a FREE app and it’s just going to cost people money should they exceed the base storage given. I’m sure it will probably end up being a better app for 95%+ of the current users of both.

        All people have to do is wait and see what the product actually does and then submit feature requests to http://www.apple.com/feedback and eventually they’ll add what they get the most requests for and that makes sense to add. Apple’s not entirely stupid.

        I thought it was stupid when people got all bent out of shape when they did the change over for Final Cut Pro, but they kind of had to do it since it makes a LOT more sense in the long run.

  • http://about.me/Didierlahely 10dier

    I’m really starting to be pissed off by #Apple “strategies”. As a French CD working since… Longtime in Graphic design, photo, I can say I always been on a Mac to do my job. Many years.

    I have now a Mac Pro I bought 3 years ago with 2 Led Cinema Display 27″ inches (I think). One stopped to work. Dead. Went to the “church” Apple office to pick up a new one, full of hope and naive. Of course It was Not possible as “now we do only Thunderbolt screens Monsieur. Not compatible with your recent bought (thanks by the way to buy Apple)”.

    Me: Eeerrr, what should I do then?

    THEM: You can buy a iiyama screen and it’s only 300€! Isn’t it marvellous?

    Me: No.

    THEM: …

    Me: I just want a new 27″ screen Led Cinema Display, same I bought 1 year ago. And quick, I’m in a hurry to retouch 300 photos in HD from my last trip and I need 2 screens to work on #Aperture.

    THEM: Oh by the way, do you know we stop Aperture soon?

    Me: …

    Me: I want a Goupil. Or a Sinclair (http://bit.ly/1oaKVY7)

    ____________________________________________________

    I decided to make a little fun about thi, but honnestly, I start to consider Apple really doesn’t care at ALL about us, the people who buys.
    And make their success.
    But one day, the thin string of confidence will break… Within us and them.

  • dr3van

    iPhoto can go without me getting sad, but Aperture makes me sad to see it go. I am now at a loss on what to do, I hate the adobe family of products…

    • John Caradimas

      I hate Adobe apps too. That’s why I started using Aperture and loved it!

      • Sergey

        I don’t understand you guys.
        Aperture is slow and laggy software same as iPhoto.
        There is nothing to hate about LightRoom before you actually give it a try.
        It has way more advanced management features and if you wish to get in to post production world it has it all built in.
        Don’t say you hate something before actually giving it a real try. I used Aperture as a pro for many years but later I discovered LightRoom and it was a life changer for me in terms of photography. I am using it since version 2 and all happy.
        Just give it a real try and you would not want to open Aperture again.
        Good luck.
        There also phase one software that can replace LghtRoom as well as several photo management apps that meant just for management without any post processing features. They are the fastest of any.

      • John Caradimas

        Who said I have’t tried Lightroom? I just do not like it. I find Aperture to be pretty intuitive, contrary to Lightroom and all the rest of the Adobe programs.

    • mahadragon

      Apple made a small announcement the other day. The new “Photos” App that will come with Yosemite will have the professional tools very similar to “Aperture” with the sliders that control “Exposure”, “Contrast” and so forth. Apple is not abandoning the ‘Pro’ users, in fact, they are making it better.

  • Chris Joyce

    Just bought Aperture this week. Was spending the next few months re-editing all my pics from the iPhoto Masters. Seems a waste of time now.

    • mahadragon

      It’s not a waste of money for editing. If it works now it will continue to work. The questions that come up are…where do we go from here as far as hardware goes? My Panasonic GX1 raw photos work fine and I know the GX7 works as well, so if I get that in the future I’ll be covered. If you are simply editing jpegs then it won’t make any difference for your purposes, Aperture will always work for those.

      • Sergey

        Apple does not include RAW decoders in their end user apps.
        All RAW decoders are built in to the OSX. They release updates once every few months with new models of cameras. So as long as you update your OSX aperture will work fine.

      • mahadragon

        Has Apple always built raw decoders into the OS? How long have they done this?

  • http://about.me/Didierlahely 10dier

    What was “bad” with the comment I tried to post?

  • mahadragon

    Unbelievable. I <3 Aperture. I also own Lightroom, in fact, sometimes I work both side by side and Lightroom's interface is so ugly compared with Aperture.

  • http://smoke.livejournal.com/ Smoke Tetsu

    “Apple gave developers an early preview of its upcoming Photos app this month at WWDC, but what it didn’t tell anyone is that new app for iOS will also overthrow Apple’s iPhoto and Aperture apps for OS X.” This part makes it sound like Apple is intending to replace iPhoto and Aperture for OS X with nothing. Instead they expect people to just use Photos on iOS. This I don’t want. Yeah, I know they’ve announced Photos for Mac but still.

    Also, I’ve been using iPhoto for quite some time now myself. I know it’s not a pro app but I don’t care. I’m more of a casual photographer and it suited my needs. I’m sad to hear of it going. If/when Photos for Mac comes out and is a good app I wont mind this so much though.

    I just hope the new photos.app can seamlessly import my current iPhoto library. Also, I’d like to see Apple add in a frames feature like analog.app has as wells as more core image powered filters.

  • http://www.skip-tv.com Skip F

    Final Cut Pro Stopped being a ‘Pro’ Product when Final Cut Pro 10 came out. Our post house now is happily running all 7 Mac Pro Towers with Adobe CC. Its freaking assume and its ‘PRO’

  • http://about.me/Didierlahely 10dier

    I’m really starting to be pissed off by #Apple “strategies”. As a French CD working since… Longtime in Graphic design, photo, I can say I always been on a Mac to do my job. Many years.

    I have now a Mac Pro I bought 3 years ago with 2 Led Cinema Display 27″ inches (I think). One stopped to work. Dead. Went to the “church” Apple office to pick up a new one, full of hope and naive. Of course It was Not possible as “now we do only Thunderbolt screens Monsieur. Not compatible with your recent bought (thanks by the way to buy Apple)”.

    Me: Eeerrr, what should I do then?

    THEM: You can buy a iiyama screen and it’s only 300€! Isn’t it marvellous?

    Me: No.

    THEM: …

    Me: I just want a new 27″ screen Led Cinema Display, same I bought 1 year ago. And quick, I’m in a hurry to retouch 300 photos in HD from my last trip and I need 2 screens to work on #Aperture.

    THEM: Oh by the way, do you know we stop Aperture soon?

    Me: …

    Me: I want a Goupil. Or a Sinclair (http://bit.ly/1oaKVY7)

    ____________________________________________________

    I decided to make a little fun about thi, but honnestly, I start to consider Apple really doesn’t care at ALL about us, the people who buys.

    And make their success.

    But one day, the thin string of confidence will break… Within us and them.

  • sanfordandsons

    I hate the cloud; I don’t use the cloud and if my photo’s require the cloud to edit, I won’t use Apple any longer.

  • Ryan Karolak

    Granted, we haven’t seen the new Photos app yet, but it’s unfortunate to see Apple kill another “Pro” app. I personally prefer Lightroom over Aperture, but I’ve always felt like it was nice software and competition is always good. Oh well.

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