OS X 10.10.3 was released Wednesday, and with it, a brand new Photos app for the Mac, complete with support for iCloud Photo Library. Photos is the future, yes, and with its release, we won't see any more changes to iPhoto or Aperture, but that doesn't mean those apps are going away today.
You may remember that when Apple introduced iOS 8, it abruptly stopped iOS device users from using iPhoto. Opening the iPhoto app on iPhone or iPad resulted in an error message — the company forced iOS 8 adopters to use Photos instead.
Fortunately, that hasn't happened on the Mac. iPhoto and Aperture still work, and will still continue to work on OS X Yosemite. Apple's given us that much reassurance, at least.
Obviously the Mac doesn't exist in a vacuum. Apple's continuing to develop new versions of OS X and new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that OS X developers will use to unlock new features in their own apps. There's no promise of backward compatibility with legacy apps like iPhoto and Aperture beyond Yosemite.
I've spoken to many iPhoto and Aperture users who are already looking (or have migrated) to other programs like Adobe's Lightroom, though in fairness, most of the actual photo pros I've spoken with migrated away from Aperture years ago when Apple stopped putting any sort of effort into updating it with new features.
Still, Aperture and iPhoto both work presently; in fact, Photos' share sheet includes an "Add to Aperture" function that makes it really easy to use Aperture along with Photos (I've been using it this way for the past couple of months, to do things like quick color-correction, cropping and resizing for product photos I use at iMore, for example).
The bottom line: If you're trying to "future-proof" your Mac, your best bet is to migrate to Photos and starting using it. But that doesn't mean you need to make that change today. After all, some of us have invested years in iPhoto and Aperture-based workflows. Figuring out how to integrate Photos into those workflows will likely take some time and some effort.
To that end, the iMore team has created a lot of information for you about Photos:
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
More smartphone makers to follow Apple in ditching headphones from boxes
A recent DigiTimes report includes an indication that more smartphone makers will follow Apple's lead in ditching headphones from their smartphone boxes, a move that will benefit sales of true wireless products.
The MagSafe Charger may leave a circular imprint on leather iPhone cases
According to a new Apple Support document, the company is warning those who use a leather case with their iPhone of potential imprints.
Apple Stores get huge neon window dressing to celebrate iPhone 12 launch
Some Apple Stores now have some huge, neon window dressings as the company releases iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro to the world.
Protect your iPad Air 4 and add some personal flair with a great case
The iPad Air 4 is a powerful tablet that will let you do work, play games, and get creative. If you want to get the most out of your iPad Air 4, a well-designed case will go a long way.