At the annual WWDC earlier this month, Apple showed off its new Photos app for Mac OS X Yosemite, which will sync all your pictures across all your devices. The Photos app will mirror the iOS offering.
On Friday, the other shoe dropped with Apple announcing that it will no longer be developing its professional-grade photo editing app Aperture or consumer-grade app iPhoto, and it will instead replace them with Photos.
It’s unclear how many of Aperture’s features Photos will include, but users will likely need to search elsewhere for professional-grade solutions.
“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.”
It’s likely that with the current competition, such as Adobe’s Lightroom, Apple no longer sees a reason to compete with more robust pro apps. Apple is also apparently planning to help users transition to Lightroom.