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Apple to abandon Aperture in favour of iCloud innovations

Apple is ceasing development of its professional photo-editing application, Aperture

Apple is to stop the development of its photography application, Aperture, the company has announced.

At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco earlier this month, Apple introduced a new ‘Photos’ app for OS X, which will enable users to access their images and videos on iCloud from any Apple device. The app will replace the existing iPhoto.

In a statement published by technology website The Loop, Apple said: “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. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”

The announcement is good news for rival Adobe, which will be looking to entice iPhoto and Aperture users to take up its products.

“Put simply, we’re doubling down on our investments in Lightroom and the new Creative Cloud Photography plan, and you can expect to see a rich roadmap of rapid innovation for desktop, web and device workflows in the coming weeks, months and years,” writes Winston Hendrickson, Adobe’s vice president of products, digital imaging, on the company’s blog. “We also continue to invest actively on the iOS and OS X platforms, and are committed to helping interested iPhoto and Aperture customers migrate to our rich solution across desktop, device and web workflows.”

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