June 30th, 2014
It was no big surprise to me to hear that Apple is going to stop development of Aperture beyond OS-X Yosemite. Aperture will be updated to run on Yosemite but won’t be developed further.
I effectively predicted this a year ago. The writing has been on the wall for many years. Apple hasn’t been keeping up with Adobe Lightroom. Their actions over the last 3 years have essentially been abandonment.
I’ve always had a copy of Aperture and there are many things about it I’ve always liked. I think the adjustment brushes in Aperture are wonderfully smooth and great to use. That’s probably because they were coded by some one that really understood the internals of OS-X. I hate to delete it from my machines but there’s no point in keeping it around any more.
Adobe made a statement on their Photoshop.com blog concerning the retirement of Aperture:
Put simply we’re doubling down on our investments in Lightroom and the new Creative Cloud Photography plan and you can expect to see a rich roadmap of rapid innovation for desktop, web and device workflows in the coming weeks, months and years. We also continue to invest actively on the IOS and OS-X platforms, and are committed to helping interested iPhoto and Aperture customers migrate to our rich solution across desktop, device and web workflows.
The fact that Apple is walking away from Aperture makes me a little nervous that same thing may be coming down the road for Final Cut Pro. Although there was an update to FCP that came out shortly after they made the announcement to discontinue development of Aperture. I get the feeling that Apple has more important things to do than to develop professional applications. In the total scheme of things developing and refining professional applications can’t be a very big income stream for Apple. It’s not their core competency. The last big update to Final Cut Pro X a couple of years ago was very controversial to long time professional users of FCP. Some, like Thomas Fitzgerald at the Aperture Blog points out that:
Both Final Cut Pro and Logic have far more market share than Aperture ever had. Despite the difficulties surrounding the FCPx Launch, it’s still the market leader. The same goes for Logic. FCPx sells Mac Pros. It’s as simple as that, and the Mac Pro is a high end, high profit margin product. A friend of mine who visited NAB this year commented on the number of new Mac Pros at the show. Even though Apple wasn’t exhibiting, Apple’s presence was felt everywhere. Unfortunately, Aperture never had this kind of impact in the market.
Perhaps, but I’m still nervous about FCP. I’m concerned that Apple’s core business is more consumer oriented to expect them to stand by their professional applications in the long term. What do you think?