Apple will no longer invest time and money in developing the Aperture photography application. Apparently, the reason behind this development is the arrival of the iCloud library and the new Photos application that the Cupertino-based company launched during its recently concluded Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
"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," stated Apple in a statement to The Loop.
According to Apple, existing users should be able to port from Aperture to Photos app when the company starts seeding the new OS X next year.
Apart from Aperture, Apple's iPhoto service too will be discontinued. However, the company has announced 'delayed termination' of the two popular legacy photography services and it will happen only by next year.
The decision to terminate Aperture is not much of a surprise to users as it has not received significant updates of late. With Aperture being the primary choice of professional photographers and image editors, it remains to be seen as to how other similar softwares such as Adobe Premier Pro CC and Adobe Lightroom gain from its retirement.
However, Apple's iPhotos, which is also said to end its run, was regularly updated by the company. Although the functionalities of iPhotos are being offered in the new Photos app, it could disappoint a certain section of users as the application was one among Apple's oldest features.
Apple has stated that it would retain other multimedia editing applications such as Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro .