Adobe Sees Opportunity in Apple’s Aperture Abandonment


Will Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) be able to turn Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) software transition to its own advantage? Last week Apple revealed that it was ending development of Aperture, its long-running professional photo editing and management application. Well-connected Apple commentator Jim Dalrymple was the first to break the news via his blog The Loop.

“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 X.” While development of Apple’s other professional applications — such as Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro — will continue, Dalrymple noted that the new Photos app would also replace iPhoto.

Apple later clarified the transition process in a statement to TechCrunch that revealed that compatibility updates would be provided to allow Aperture to run on OS X Yosemite. However, there will be no further development of the application after the compatibility updates.

Although Apple briefly highlighted some of the new Photos app features at the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, it is unclear if the new app offers the same level of professional editing tools that are found in Aperture. While it’s still not known if Apple is completely abandoning professional-level photo editing software in favor of a more mainstream application, Adobe is betting that many Apple users who are professional photographers may not stick around to find out.