Apple to Kill Aperture and iPhoto

Pictured above is the new Photos app running on Yosemite... An admitted "low-end" alternative.

The writing is on the wall (and it's mostly curse words). Apple has conceded the high-end photography application market to the likes of Adobe with their Photoshop Lightroom product or Corel AfterShot Pro 2 and will kill off Aperture. The end is also nigh for iPhoto. Multiple outlets are reporting on this untimely demise, including TechCrunch, Engadget, the Mac Observer and The Loop. Aperture is dead. Long live Aperture!

Update (7/2/14):

Seems all is not lost! Apple has provided a few more scant clues as to where Photos is heading, saying:

When asked about what Aperture-like features users can expect from the new Photos app, an Apple representative mentioned plans for professional-grade features such as image search, editing, effects, and most notably, third-party extensibility.

Indeed, the screenshot below (click for larger or here for the original) shows an adjustments panel with settings for Light (Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Brightness, Contrast, Blacks), Color (Saturation, Contrast, Cast), Black & White (Hue Strength, Neutral Boost, Photo Tone, Grain), Definition, Vignette, White Balance, and Levels. Apple has promised that existing Aperture users will be able to import their libraries into the new OS X Photos app. Photos is expected to be released early next year.

Apple Photos App on Yosemite - Screenshot

Update (7/3/14):

AppleInsider takes a good, long look at what's in store for us in the future with "Inside App Extensions: the Cloud Kit-savvy Photos future of Apple's iPhoto & Aperture."

Update (1/28/15):

Website Cult of Mac reports that the Aperture/iPhoto replacement "Photos for Mac might be delayed for awhile" - that is to say, beyond "early 2015" as suggested earlier. April might see its release, but it could just as easily be even later. Unlike the Apple Watch, which has a firmed-up release during that month - Photos has received no such clarification. Meanwhile, both Aperture and iPhoto are still "current" applications... Though neither has been updated in a long, long time.

Update (2/13/15):

If you look at the Apple Aperture page now, you'll note that it's gone, gone, gone. Shortly after last week's deployment of OS X 10.10.3 to developers, Apple updated the page, adding a notice stating:

When Photos for OS X is available this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store.

The same notice can also be found in the app's Mac App Store description. Once removed from the Mac App Store, it will no longer be possible for new users to obtain Aperture - but those who have prior will continue to be able to download it from the "Purchases" tab.