Apple has officially announced that it will cease development of both Aperture and iPhoto next year when the previously announced Photos app for Yosemite ships. Apple told Macworld that “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X”
Apple has also stated that while they have decided to discontinue Aperture they have no intention of abandoning pros and will continue to develop both Final Cut Pro and Logic.
I know this will be a big disappointment to a lot of people but to be honest, it’s hard not to see this coming after the keynote at WWDC. At least Apple has finally put Aperture users out of their misery, and now you can start to make plans for the future. I’ve been expecting that this was a possibility for a long time, but my biggest frustration with this was the fact that Apple didn’t just decide to let people know sooner. It's a real shame though, because Aperture was a great Application and some of Apertures features are pretty unique, such as its 32bit processing and multiple adjustments
It’s important to note that Apple has said that they will provide an update so that Aperture will still work with Yosemite so you have some time to decide on what to do going further. Apple has also said that it is working with Adobe to help pro users transition to Lightroom, whatever that means.
I’ll have some more thoughts on this on Monday, as it’s evening here now when this news has broken.
I know that there’s going to be a lot of frustration about this, but I would ask that you try and keep the comments civil.