Apple and Aperture

If you're reading this, then I'm sure you know that Apple is releasing a new app called 'Photos'. A replacement for iPhoto and Aperture. If not, catch up.

From all accounts even in beta form it's performing better than when it comes to improving on iPhoto's sluggishness and the most necessary of features.

Reported this week in this article from the Verge, Apple have confirmed they won't be selling Aperture once Photos has been released. If that's the case why is Apple still selling it now, and selling it with a disclaimer? Yes they make some money from it, but is it worth the hassle for users to have kept purchasing it for the second half of last year and still this year to then have it eventually replaced? I'd say kill it now already.

Apple needs a blog.

Especially when Apple hasn't been forthcoming with details as to how a user of a professional app like Aperture is supposed to adapt to Photos. They've merely talked up the features they can showcase to eclipse iPhoto. What if somebody (like myself) doesn't want to move to Adobe Lightroom? Yes I'm aware of Capture One. Yes I can stay on Aperture  (and I'm happy to do so for the time being [as I'd rather start a new project with a new piece of software than import all the legacy in the beginning]), but not all other photographers are of the same mindset. 

Why can't we have some information about plug-ins or anything else that's forward looking? I'm told they are coming, but I haven't read anything solid. Apple did this with Final Cut Pro X and it must have been maddening for video editors to not know what was around the corner while other editors were saying 'look what we can do'! It's maddening for photographers I'm sure, if there are still any left on Aperture taking a wait and see approach.

Comment on a related iMore article from  Serenity Caldwell .

Comment on a related iMore article from Serenity Caldwell.

I also don't mind Apple 'tearing the whole thing down', this is a good thing overall. This post has a singular purpose - it would just be helpful if Apple provided some clarity. 

I was never frustrated with the release of Final Cut Pro X. I wasn't video editing major projects at the time so when I made the switch from iMovie, I was one of the new guys without the baggage of FC7.

I am the same guy when it comes to Photos, I'm choosing to as I've developed that awareness that things will improve. It's just a pity Apple doesn't help professionals (again) who feel like they are in the dark amidst another major software course correction. Why allow a repeat of these feelings of discontent within the userbase? It doesn't have to play out in the same way. Especially when those users know what they want and have paid money for extra software rather than those users who are using iPhoto which came by default?

One final note - 

I talked about this a bit on last week’s iMore Show, but I feel like Apple’s goal with its recent software redesigns — iMovie, iWork, and now Photos — is to open up the “prosumer” category, introducing intuitive and powerful tools to users who never thought they’d want to be anything more than an average tech consumer.

If it's true Apple is opening up the prosumer space, (consumer > prosumer > professional) and over time raise the bar of their software, doesn't it make sense to help with corralling people who are going to thrive and eventually want to move onto something more featured? What is there to recommend beyond Lightroom? What would Apple recommend and what would any professional photographer recommend if both were asked? There's isn't a mainstream photo editing app to recommend for the OS X platform anymore now. Lightroom is platform independent so you don't need a Mac, bummer for Apple if every time somebody suggests getting a PC.