Apple To Stop Development of Aperture

Posted Jun. 27th, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

Apple to stop development of Aperture. Today the Loop has announced they were told that Apple is discontinuing the development of Aperture. This is the statement as it’s listed on the Loop website. “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,” said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.”

Apple finally plus the plug on Aperture.

Apple finally pulls the plug on Aperture.

Well, I guess I was seriously wrong. Lots of eating crow ahead of me but then you can’t fault my positive attitude. That said it’s such a huge disappointment since Aperture was the only real, affordable option for serious Digital Asset Management. At least they have finally come clean and we can move on. Hopefully some of the other players will now have a new lease on life other than Adobe. I’ve never been a fan of Adobe and now we have almost no other options. There are a couple but not many. Another Mac website I regularly visit 9to5Mac states, “Apple is working with Adobe to offer an upgrade path to Lightroom”.

Wow, I am stunned, disappointed and a little bit angry, but hey, that’s business. Obviously the numbers didn’t make sense for Apple anymore. Aperture is one of the arguments I sometimes use to defend Tim Cook and the current Apple management. So many Apple evangelists argue Steve could never do anything wrong. Aperture was a disaster when it was first released and Steve was fully engaged at that time. Had the original Aperture been ready for prime time this story may not be playing out. More people would have adopted it and Apple would be happy to continue development. Alas, that’s all behind us and it’s time to move on. The good news is I’ll most likely only have one program to teach to our Explorers. Here’s to Lightroom.


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  1. TaylorOn Jun. 30th, 2014


    Immediately thought of you when I read this on Saturday. I thought, uh-oh, somewhere the $h*! is hitting the fan over on Wallace St. I read John Gruber’s blog pretty regularly and he’s usually prescient on his thoughts on Apple’s plans.

    From his blog and thoughts on this-

    “Post-WWDC, the way I hope Photos for Mac plays out is not that Apple offers a “pro” upgrade, but rather that extensions allow for third-party developers to improve image editing in Photos for Mac in a similar way to how they will for Photos on iOS. Photos for Mac will likely never be a true professional tool like Aperture was or Lightroom is, but it could be much, much more than a simple library. It could — and should — be something that works well for serious enthusiasts (a.k.a. “prosumers”) in a way that iPhoto never did.”

    Anyway, we’ll see how this plays out, but I’m thinking “Pro” photo software is not the direction Apple is heading. But, with the tools they give developers in this area for iCloud Photos, there could be some cool stuff in store. At the same time, I really have a hard time seeing them cater to people that have the catalog of photos that you and your group has for cloud storage. They want to cater to people that take 3000 iPhone pics a year and want to pull them up on any Apple device, and do minor edits on them on any device. I think it really will lie in the hands of 3rd party developers. Wait and see I guess.


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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 30th, 2014

      Good to hear from you Taylor. Yes, I was not happy but I’m a bit more optimistic for some reason, not sure why. Whatever happens with Apple it’s a shame Adobe is the only real competitor at this point though I think others will now try to fill the gap. One major player is not good for consumers of any level and it was one of the reasons I had hope beyond hope that Apple would stick this out. It really is pretty surprising how much of an uproar this has caused but that’s life. Just have to move on. Thanks for stopping by and a adding your voice. Hope all is well for you.

  2. Kent JakuszOn Jun. 29th, 2014

    Check this out.

    Don’t jump the ship yet. I am a videographer that enjoys photography. The Final Cut story has developed into a major success.



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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 29th, 2014

      Kent, I did read this and I think it makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the encouragement. I’ve decided not to give up on Aperture until I see what the new Photos software is like. Thanks for stopping by to add your voice.

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    John OhnemusOn Jun. 29th, 2014


    Well we have heard from the “Loop” but we have not heard from Apple. I have been taking 1-1 lessons with Aperture technicians in Little Rock. These guys are good, and readily accessible. I am not ready to give up on Apple, not yet. I can see why Apple has stopped development on Aperture. They have two applications to maintain. I think, maybe, they plan to consolidate all their efforts on a combined application–Aperture and iPhoto, in the form of Photos for OS X. They may be planning to provide a better answer to the Adobe alternatives. Whatever, happens, I will stay with Aperture, until I learn definitively otherwise. Danny, I think you have been right all along, and will be proven so!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 29th, 2014

      John, I agree with you. I’m feeling a bit more positive after reading some other Forums etc. I’m a huge fan of the NEW Final Cut Pro and was from the beginning. Maybe I jumped the gun in my disappointment over the Aperture announcement. Time will tell. Good to hear from you.

  4. jim HeywoodOn Jun. 28th, 2014

    Well Danny I cannot blame you for converting me to Aperture as I was already there. You will need some paprika for that plate full of crow about the new Aperture 4 just around the corner.
    But, since I just dropped north of 7 k on 4/3’s gear I am wondering about your prognostication talents.
    What is this Photo program they are talking about? I also have a goodly amount of money invested in add-on for Aperture….darn Perhaps this is a good business decision but generally I thought it was stupid to PO your best customers… Business School 101
    Irony is that last night I made a date for a one to one with the apple store to sort out some issues that came up in slovenia…See ya in October

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 29th, 2014

      Living on the cutting edge is never guaranteed Jim. That includes cameras as well as software. I think the jury is still out on Apple’s plans. I’m sticking with Aperture until I see what the new Photos program is all about. If it pans out as well as it has for Final Cut Pro then I’ll be passing the Crow on to others so to speak. You interested in the gizzard?

  5. John DoyleOn Jun. 28th, 2014

    Since I have windows and PC’s, I have been using lightroom for quite some time. I look forward to your instruction classes that will be based more on Lightroom and less on Aperture:+)

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 29th, 2014

      John, Time will tell. I’m not jumping in to Lightroom just yet. However, as I’ve always told our Explorers, I’m happy to teach you anything you request on Lightroom. I’ve been teaching both Lightroom and Aperture for more than ten years. Next time we get together I’m happy to sit down with you and give you a private tutorial on Lightroom.

  6. Fred KurtzOn Jun. 28th, 2014

    This is a stunning mistake by Apple. You turned me on to Lightroom in 2008 and I have used is happily every since. Lightroom plus the Nik plug in family is a perfect way to go. I am so glad I never switched to Aperture. Lightroom rocks and welcome back Dan.

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