Apple has confirmed that it will be removing its professional photo editing app, Aperture, from the App Store once Photos arrives in the Spring.
Once Apple released an early version of Photos last week, we knew that both Aperture and iPhoto were on borrowed time.
Back when Apple first announced Photos, at WWDC 2014 in June, it revealed that the new photo editing and management app would effectively replace both of its existing solutions, Aperture and iPhoto.
"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," read the Apple statement on the matter.
Now we know for sure that Apple is cutting the pro-level software adrift. Head on over to the official Aperture page on the Apple website, and you get the message "When Photos for OS X is available this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store."
The same message is also supplied at the top of the Aperture Mac App Store listing itself.
Existing Aperture users will continue to be able to download the Aperture software from the Purchases tab, but it won't be available to purchase for new users.
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This will no doubt cause some consternation for high-level photo manipulators who rely on Apple solutions, as Photos appears to be pitched between iPhoto and Aperture in terms of feature set.
That's great for iPhoto users, but not such good news for Aperture users. As MacRumours points out, advanced tools such as loupe, brushable adjustments, and custom metadata are missing from the initial version of Photos.
If Aperture still interests you, better get downloading fast.