“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 X.” — Apple, Inc.
Today's news about Apple retiring iPhoto and Aperture was quite shocking to me. I've been using iPhoto for as long as I can remember, and just within the past few months bought Aperture to organize my photo library. My initial impression was that this was bad news. But after thinking and reading more about Apple's replacement coming next year, and the vision driving it, this new system will ultimately be for the better.
In the short term, this provides another opportunity for Adobe to cannibalize Apple's user base of creative professionals, much like they did with the sub-par release of Final Cut Pro X.
"If you are an Aperture or iPhoto customer looking for change, check out our new Creative Cloud Photography plan announced last week, or our standalone Lightroom app for your desktop as alternatives."
Adobe is good at harvesting dissatisfied Apple customers by playing off of negative news surrounding Apple's perceived lack of commitment to creative professionals. However, Apple is good at making short-term sacrifices for long-term gains driven by a vision for a better system for its endusers. I made the mistake of switching from Apple FCP7 to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and will not be making that mistake again (a long story for a future post). FCPX was heavily criticized when it launched before it was totally ready for primetime, and I did the popular thing by bailing Apple for Adobe CS6. But now I can't imagine using anything other than FCPX because of the forward-thinking enhancements unique to it. Joseph at ApertureExpert provides some helpful perspective:
"After some serious backlash [Apple] relented, and re-relesed Final Cut Pro 7 for the existing users, so they could wait for FCP X to mature. And mature it has. Today, Final Cut Pro X is an amazing piece of software. Apple isn’t making that mistake with Aperture. But it doesn’t change the fact that it’s time to move on."
Apple is positioning itself for the future:
"Aperture is a photo editing and management tool written for users used to an old school workflow. Go on a shoot. Sit down to edit. Share when you’re done. But that’s not the world we live in anymore. Today we want to shoot, share immediately with a cool effect, edit on an iPad, sit down at your 4k display and get serious, pick up the iPad and show off what you’ve done, mix, repeat. We want our devices, our libraries, our experience integrated and seamless. This simply can not happen with Aperture as it is today."
I'm excited for what Apple has in store for photography and eagerly await the release of their system.