Well, we’re not really talking about something we didn’t already know, but we finally got official confirmation from Apple. Photos will arrive to replace iPhoto and Aperture and at the moment this happens Aperture will no longer be available in the Mac App Store , so they announce it in the Aperture section of the Apple website. Sad, but true and logical to some extent.
We can whine and kick, but the decision’s already been made. Having used the two options (Aperture and Lightroom) I always had a love-hate relationship with Aperture, but I must confess that the final decision to opt for the second one has always been due to a mere comfort because the “Adobe environment” is more common for me. My opinion is that maybe Apple should take the long view and let Aperture die killing… Let me explain.
You are going to remove it from the App Store, but it is still there even though its existence is counting down. Why not let the user who wants it download it for free? Yes, perhaps it would be an ugly gesture for all those (including myself) who pass by the box religiously, but, making it clear that it will disappear and will have no support… Wouldn’t that be a nice touch?
Reading the articles of my partner Miguel Michan, I think Fotos will be a great application for all those who used iPhoto in their day to day, but for those in love with Aperture the thing “will be short” . I’m pulling memory and mine is not very good, and with this flu process I have, less. But I think I remember something that Craig Federighi said in passing in the slideshow about the possibility that there might be third party modules in the application.
Perhaps this is the hope of those who want to use Pictures, but need more power… But as always, no one forces you to use Apple’s options and there are options on the market.