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The new Photos app for OS X will replace both Aperture and iPhoto

At WWDC, Apple announced a new app for the Mac called Photos, which will be part of OS X Yosemite. Many wondered what the announcement meant for Apple’s current photo library programs on Mac, which included the consumer-oriented iPhoto and the pro-oriented Aperture. According to a statement from Apple provided to Gigaom, there will be no new development of Aperture when Photos for OS X becomes available early next year. It also appears that the new Photos app, with a heavy emphasis on iCloud Photo Library integration, will replace iPhoto. This leaves Adobe’s Lightroom as the logical choice for professional photographers using a Mac.

10 Responses to “The new Photos app for OS X will replace both Aperture and iPhoto”

  1. David

    Aperture has been my choice since it’s inception. I’ve tried Lightroom but always go back to Aperture. I like what you say Burt but Apple has been dumming down their software for consumer sales. I don’t think Apple sees much traction with pros like us. Final Cut has always been a major player so Apple has to keep that going, not so much with Aperture. I’ll keep using Aperture for the foreseeable future and hopefully Apple will keep pros in mind for photos. My bet is they won’t, unfortunately.

  2. Am confused as to what they will be releasing. They mentioned both Photos to debut in Yosemite and referred to another uber app to debut next year. Is the next year’s app a Lightroom killer? I will continue to keep my photos in Aperture until this Fall and probably migrate to Photos because I like the integration across platforms that Aperture provides. However, for photo editing should we be learning Lightroom, which I avoided doing until now?

  3. As an family photographer & iPhoto user with 14,000+ items in my library, I’ve been thinking about moving uptown to Aperture. Since that’s not going to be an option, I sure hope that Photos is more robust than what I have now.

  4. Burt Pittman

    No so fast. Speaking as a pro commercial photographer who has used Aperture since its inception, Aperture has always been ahead of Lightroom when it came to professional capabilities and even though it hasn’t been upgraded in some time it is still more capable and flexible than Lightroom. For the casual user it doesn’t matter that much. There are many, many people who wish to have “professional” software, but rarely use their full capabilities. But I make my living in producing photography. Believe me, I am always looking for something that makes curating and managing a commercial photography workflow easier, more flexible and faster and Lightroom has yet to prove to me it is better.

    I am always amazed at tech pundits and users who criticize Apple’s products in such a knee jerk fashion. will probably leave something to be desired at first, but Aperture will continue to work for some time. Remember Final Cut Pro X? Everyone cried out in horror and yet I don’t know anyone who has used Final Cut Pro X for any length of time that wants to go back to Final Cut 7. Keep your powder dry. Apple is smarter than you and most of those who cry in horror. They are certainly smarter than me and they have prove it over and over.

    • PXLated

      Agree – I’m taking a wait and see approach. For quite some time I’ve felt – because of all the innovative app approaches on iDevices – that Aperture and Lightroom (and Photoshop for that matter) have a yesteryears look/feel to them and it’s time for something fresh. If the Photos app had a good plugin architecture it could be that app. Basic for consumers, advanced for pros/semi-pros.

      • I agree with the wait and see.

        The only thing that would turn me off is if the new application does not allow you to override the cloud storage options. When one has many hundreds of GB of photo inventory, cloud storage makes absolutely no sense. Network bandwidth constraints make this a non-starter for a lot of us. Not to mention the costs.

        One can purchase multiple TBs of secure (RAID) NAS storage that can be accessed from anywhere, at considerably less cost than long term cloud storage.

  5. It’d be nice to have a more informative page about how former Aperture can use this new app. What we’re seeing now with the Photos app looks very minimalist. How much control can we expect?