Apple confirms Aperture will die when Photos for Mac launches

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Screenshot: Cult of M
Screenshot: Cult of M

For those of us who have long been suffering under the tyrrany of iPhoto, Photos for Mac represents a beautiful new frontier of speedy and powerful photo-editing on the Mac. But if you’re an Aperture lover, Photos for Mac represents something more bitter: the total killing of Apple’s pro photo-editing suite in favor of a more consumer-oriented product.

If you’ve been hoping for a last minute reprieve, and for Tim Cook to step in and save Aperture, sorry, we’ve got bad news. Once Photos for Mac launches, you won’t even be able to buy Aperture on the App Store anymore.

How do we know? Apple has updated its official Aperture website, saying that the app will soon be pulled from all available retail venues.

Specifically, the warning reads:

When Photos for OS X is available this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store.

In addition, the same message can be found in the app’s description on the Mac App Store.

For most of us, this probably isn’t a big deal, but I know from first hand experience there’s a die-hard Aperture faithful, who will be sad to see Apple turn its back on photography pros. Hopefully, they can find solace in the fact that the rest of us will benefit from a much better native Photos app on Mac.