Though this probably won't surprise many of you, Apple is reportedly discontinuing development of their once-popular photo editing and organization platform, Aperture. Aperture was once considered on a level playing field with Adobe Lightroom, but Adobe's continued development and advancements to the software obviously have affected Apple's software, and today's announcement basically confirms that Apple also believes that Lightroom has since catapulted it beyond Aperture's reach.
Apple isn't outright ending the software insomuch as they are letting it fade away. The software will likely be available to purchase for several more years, but Apple will just not be investing any more money into devloping it.
The Loop is reporting straight from Apple's headquarters the news:
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,” said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.
This is a bit foreboding to those who aren't fans of Adobe's new Creative Cloud platform. This is one less competitor in the market, leaving only Capture One as a major combatant in the king-of-the-hill-like game that is the photo editing industry.
Take heart however, though Aperture is being allowed to die, Final Cut and Logic Pro are still very much alive.