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Apple’s New ‘Photos’ App Makes Its Debut – Aperture & iPhoto Put To Rest

By Kishore Sawh on February 5th 2015


Who remembers Apple’s WWDC last June? Right, neither do we. Ever since Apple’s current slew of head honchos have reduced Apple events to a exemplifying ‘crashing bores’ only the tech remains at all memorable. For those in the photo community, such as you fine people, what probably didn’t fail to register was Apple’s announcement that 12 year old iPhoto and Aperture were being put out to pasture, and shot.

The somewhat gradual phase-out of their two photo applications is just shy of being complete, and in the wake of their demise, ‘Photos’ is making its debut. Developers are being distributed the developer seed version today, and the public Beta version will drop shortly, with the polished product arriving this spring.

[REWIND: Aperture is Dead | Apple Ceases Development For Its Pro Photo App]

Photos comes at the realization within Apple that Aperture couldn’t really compete with other photo editing softwares out there, and iPhoto I’m sure many would agree, has always been a bit bothersome. This new program doesn’t appear to be simply a blend of the two, but something generally new. Those who currently use iPhoto will probably find it an organizational and featured improvement, while those who were Aperture users, all 7 of them, will likely find this not in the same league in terms of capability.


As we live our lives now in the ‘cloud’, this new app will be very tightly wound with Apple’s cloud service. Apple’s photo back-up solution appears very tempting with 20GB for $0.99 a month and up from there, but that appeal hasn’t really been to the proper photographer, especially with so many other options out there more geared towards us, (with a great new one about to debut soon – more on that later), and it’s often been a bit confusing. Photos, seems to have streamlined the link between it and the Cloud.

Now your full resolution photos will be stored in the cloud from all devices, and any change you make on any device will sync with them all. If you have RAW files from your camera on your hard drive, you can just drop those into Photos and they will also be synched to iCloud, so the images don’t need to be taken on an Apple device. Speaking of which, should you want to view them on a non-Apple device, you can access them from, and also export images to social networks, though you can’t use competing services like Dropbox with Photos.


As I am not a developer, I haven’t yet had access to give Photos a good trial run, but once the Beta version is released, I will have some hands on experience to share. For the time being, user reports suggest the user experience is much improved from iPhoto, along with speed, design, and focus on image viewing by allotment of screen real estate. Time will tell if there is a need, nigh even the desire, for such an app with actual photographers and their work.

There is a preview site to learn more about Photos from Apple that can be found here. The Verge has also published a video of the app in use which you can find below, and the accompanying article with full details can be found here.

Source: The Verge

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Peter McWade

    Im beta testing the new Photos app from Apple. I have it on another computer so I don’t loose valuable information on my main computer. At first look it looks like a refined iPhoto app. It has a few extra goodies for manipulating photos but still nothing like Lightroom or Aperture 3. I will continue to play with this program but Im not seeing any thing that says it should even replace Aperture. As for a better iPhoto program. Sure. But not as a replacement for Aperture or Lightroom or any other higher end photo app. I currently have Lightroom and Aperture 3. Now I have Photos.

    Eh! not yet impressed.

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  2. Randy McKown

    Lightroom didn’t win because it’s better .. it won because way more people own Windows based systems. I’m guessing that Lightroom 6 or 7 might end up offering a workflow equal to Aperture 3 .. at least I would hope so .. of course now Adobe won’t have the option of borrowing features from Aperture anymore LOL

    Personally, I was a bit surprised that so many pro shooters were switching to Lightroom .. Capture One Pro seemed to be next in line for any Aperture user in terms of power editing (not archiving). LR doesn’t touch the image quality CP gives out of the box, plus to get all the same features a LR user will need to purchase plugins which also means you’re no longer simply editing RAW .. you have to regress back to that stupid RAW to TIFF system Adobe uses.

    In any case, I don’t have much hope for the Photos App. If they pull things from Aperture like the clone/heal brush, ability to add bricks and the archiving features I might consider it but I doubt they’ll go that far with it.

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  3. Basit Zargar

    Still we will love Adobe !

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  4. John Cavan

    “Photos comes at the realization within Apple that Aperture couldn’t really compete with other photo editing softwares out there, and iPhoto I’m sure many would agree, has always been a bit bothersome.”

    I can’t say that I think this really makes inroads for either condition. Despite being a heavy user of Apple products, I don’t see it being at all compelling, but that comes from someone who also has been using Photoshop since version 4.0.

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  5. Peter McWade

    “to appear for the first time, as on the market:
    A new product will debut next month.”

    I was a bit disappointed to hear it is actually not ready. I was just ready to pop on over to the app store to check it out. Nope, nada, not ready yes. Bummer. I’ll dive out of iPhoto and Aperture in a heart beat and also light room if needed. Im still learning light room.

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  6. Steve VanSickle

    I wonder how it’ll fare with plugin support. Since switching to Lightroom a few years ago, that’s one of its strengths that can’t be understated if wants to target pros.

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    • Stephen Jennings

      That’s one of my favorite things about LR is just dropping files/folders into different apps to publish. Makes publishing to my site and social media as easy as can be (until Facebook decides it no longer wants to recognize LR’s publishing ability once a week).

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    • Stephen Jennings

      This doesn’t really look like a “professional” photo editing software. To me, from first glance, it looks like Apple competing with Instagram or something.. I can now order a book of my iphone photos, yay..?

      Seems like another move towards mobile devices as Apple continues to forget what kept the brand alive and relevant for so long: The creatives. But at least now I can snap a panorama of my dinner, slap a filter on it, bring out the shadows, adjust the levels and send it on to Facebook and Twitter. =/

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    • Steve VanSickle

      If they don’t want to target pros, that’s fine. I’m perfectly happy with Lightroom, so if I ever move away from OS X as my main edit station, I can take my catalog elsewhere without issue.

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  7. Ben Perrin

    Just make sure that you backup all those nude photos to the cloud as well because we know that’s a great idea always.

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  8. Michael Burnham

    Its kind of embarrassing to say but I’m one of the 7 people that still use Aperture. I feel like that admission should have been in some AUA meeting (Aperture Users Anonymous) “Hello…. my name is Michael…. and I am an Aperture user…”

    But, I’ve decided to make the switch to Lightroom very soon now that there is an app to port Aperture libraries into Lightroom. The only pro problem is you still have to re-edit the raw files. Metadata is maintained but corrections/alterations are not. So I know I have a lot of work laid out for me very soon.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Ha, Michael, hi there. Well I can’t say you’re a dying breed because you’re making Darwin proud, and evolving to LR. I don’t, however, envy your workload. Get a comfy chair, a diminutive Thai masseuse, coffee via IV, and a paid subscription to Pandora. Cheers

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    • Steve VanSickle

      I had that same problem after a few years of shooting, and Aperture updates made the program turn my MBP fans to a frenzied war-cry of noise, heat, and fury. My only recommendation is to rate/tag all of your top photos before export/import so you’ll know what needs to be reprocessed first. Good luck!

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    • Stephen Velasquez

      Welcome to proper post processing. You were blind and now you see the Lightroom.

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    • Stephen Velasquez

      This is a joke right? The only reason we are talking about this software because Apple has a huge gullible fan base who are mostly on SLR lounge reading this. I saw Jay Leno did a skit on a fake iPhone watch with an apple sticker stuck to a cheap $19 Casio watch. Majority of the people thought that this watch was cool because it was made from Apple and they would pay top dollar for it, sounds familiar?

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  9. Muhammad Akbar


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