Apple recently updated its Aperture website with a new statement that confirms it will pull the software from the Mac App Store this spring. The company recently published a beta version of OS X 10.10.3 to developers, which includes Photos for OS X that will replace Aperture.
Apple already confirmed that it was stopping development of Aperture back in June, following its announcement of Photos for OS X. That was a move that Adobe tried to capitalize on when it tried to convert users to switch to Photoshop and Lightroom, though for everyday users, Apple’s new solution may be enough.
Photos for OS X is Apple’s new vision for how it plans to allow customers to manage and edit photos on its OS X devices, and the beta already offers powerful editing tools that appear to be on a par with what was offered by Aperture. That includes functions for adjusting the light, color balance, levels, white balance, definition, vignetting and more. It will also automatically sync with your iCloud Photo Library, so you can quickly edit and store photos for viewing on iOS devices, too.
Apple hasn’t been more specific on when Photos for OS X will launch, other than this spring. At that point, however, we now know that Aperture will definitely no longer be available for download.