In a blow to Aperture users, Apple has told The Loop that there will be no new development of Aperture. Instead Aperture users are encouraged to migrate to use a new Photos for OS X app which will ship next year.
“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.”
Apple gave a glimpse of the new Photos for OS X during WWDC 2014. When the app ships next year, it will replace both iPhoto and Aperture on the Mac. The exact features of the new app is not known. It is likely to be more consumer focus for ease of use, with a lesser emphasis on advanced photo editing features and workflow.
Based on how Apple revamps its recent iWorks app, where initial release was feature-lacking, one can conclude that the first release of Photos for OS X will likely not have all the tools required for seasoned Aperture users.
You might be tempted to make the jump right now to Adobe Lightroom, the other professional photography workflow app. The advise is to wait and to evaluate only when Adobe releases a migration tool. Without any migration utility, you will lose all those edits you applied to your photos in Aperture.
There will be patches from Apple to make sure that Aperture continues to run under OS X Yosemite. It is early to panic if your photography workflow depends on Aperture. It is not a bad idea to wait for Photos for OS X, as it allows smooth migration of your Aperture libraries and its features could be all you’d need in your photography workflow.