Apple has begun issuing emails to Aperture users to remind them that the app will soon be removed from the Mac App Store. The new Photos desktop client, which will be baked into OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 free of charge, will replace it.
Apple announced last June at WWDC that it would be dropping Aperture, its professional photo editing application for Mac, in favor of the new Photos app — which also replaces iPhoto.
Photos isn’t expected to be quite as sophisticated — at least initially — but Apple has promised that it will offer “professional-grade” features. It will also get new features and improvements, while Aperture won’t.
“When Photos for OS X launches this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store,” Apple warns users in its email. “You can continue to use Aperture on OS X Yosemite, but you will not be able to buy additional copies of the app.”
Apple adds that existing Aperture libraries can be migrated to Photos — with all adjustments, albums, and keywords intact. However, the applications will not share a unified library, so any changes made in Photos after libraries are migrated won’t be shared with Aperture, and vice-versa.
Photos will make its debut with OS X 10.10.3, which is currently available as a public beta, and should be rolled out to all Yosemite users this spring.