Apple just announced they’re killing both iPhoto and Aperture, and will be rolling out a new application simply called “Photos” with Yosemite, their coming OS.
I’ve been using Aperture for a few years and I think it’s a pity it’ll be retired. It was both powerful and easy to use. And of course, it’s not like Tim Cook is coming to my house to uninstall Aperture when Yosemite goes live, despite what rabid Apple haters may like to believe. While Apple isn’t nostalgic by any means (that’s its business model and philosophy, and users should know that going in), it’ll most likely be a few updates until it starts to break. That means at least a few more years of life.
So there’s no real reason for me to leave Aperture any time soon, and I’ll have plenty of time to master Lightroom for when that time comes. (I know Capture One is supposed to be good too, but I already use Creative Cloud, so that seems the easiest way out.)
Lack of updates notwithstanding, Aperture feels pretty features complete already, at least for my basic needs. I want to beome better at Photoshop, as it’s both a fun tool and a useful skillset for a designer, but in all likelihood, the new Photos app will be more than enough for my daily needs. It does amuse me, however, how the simple knowledge that Aperture will be dying at a remote point in the future is enough to get me scrambling for something else.
Finally, I can’t help but notice that the “i”-era Apple started seems to be winding down, even in Cupertino. Ah, well. It was fun while it lasted.