Goodbye, Aperture

Jim Dalrymple:

Apple introduced a new Photos app during its Worldwide Developers Conference that will become the new platform for the company. As part of the transition, Apple told me today that they will no longer be developing its professional photography application, Aperture.

As a former Aperture-turned-Lightroom user, I'm genuinely gutted that Aperture is no more but not at all surprised. It had great potential but has always been slow on the update front and its performance was sub-par, even on a high-end Mac.

But I can see why. Apple's photo management and editing options is a mess on both Mac and iOS. iPhoto for Mac has gotten steadily worse over time and Aperture hasn't seen a substantial update since it's third release in 20101. By getting rid of all photo apps and introducing a singular Photos app, Apple is able to bring everything back to a central place. Whilst this is at the expense of their professional photo app, it's fair to say that many have already jumped over to Lightroom so the number of users it affects will be minimal.

If you are a regular user of Aperture, it'll still work (for now) but it might be a good time to sign up to Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Subscription that gets you Photoshop CC and Lightroom at less than $9.99 a month if you're looking for an alternative.

Via MacStories.


  1. Aperture 3.5 was released in October 2013 that add a number of small features but it was by no way a significant update. 

The iPod touch just became the best budget digital camera

Mac Rumors:

Following our report from earlier today, Apple has launched its new entry-level 16 GB fifth-generation iPod touch, while also cutting the price on the current 32/64 GB iPod touch, offering them for $249 and $299, respectively. The new iPod touch is available in six different colors with a rear camera and a lower price tag of $199.

With the updated 16GB model and price cuts across the range, the iPod touch just became the best budget digital camera for less than $250. What other camera lets you easily snap a photo, edit it with some VSCO filters and then post it to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr or whatever social network you're into?

Apple has always positioned the iPod touch as more of a casual gaming device than anything else, which is doing the device a disservice, especially when you compare it with the Photos Every Day ad campaign for the iPhone.

Yes, there are definitely better compact cameras out there that take photos of a much higher quality, but there's a reason why the iPhone has been the most popular camera for years.

The iPod touch is the perfect camera for someone who may not want the additional functionality or cost of the iPhone, yet wants to take great photos. This latest refresh and price drop has made it an even more appealing device.

Tesla's unprecedented patent sharing to help shape the electric car industry

Elon Musk:

Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.

This is groundbreaking news and show just how committed Tesla are in the electric car industry, not just their products. The company is going to share their patents with the hope that it will help advance the development of the electric car industry. Any company wanting to use Tesla tech to develop an electric car can do so without any hinderance by way of lawsuit.

Think about that for a moment. A company who had valid patents on a wide range of technology involved in their products is letting their competitors use the same technology without charge or risk of legal action.

The iOS Compendium is now just 99¢ on the iBooks Store

For a limited time only, you can purchase my latest ebook The iOS Compendium, Volume 1 on the iBooks Store for only 99¢ (49p).

This interactive iBook containing over 40 of the best tips and tricks that iOS has to offer, each with specially recorded narrated screencasts for you to watch, totalling over an hour of video.

Whether you’re a first-time iPad owner or have been using an iPhone since it was first released, any iOS user will find this book indispensable.

For anyone without access to the iBookstore, the PDF edition is also on sale for the same price.

Ten Dot Ten

Thomas Brand makes a good point when it comes to the naming convention of OS X as it approaches what would be 10.10:

Mac OS X, now OS X, was never a sequential continuation of the classic Mac OS, ending in Mac OS 9. It has always been its own operating system. Its own “brand.”

I doubt there will ever be a Mac OS 11. Apple hasn’t used a numbered versioning system to publically describe their operating systems in years.

Adobe may still internally refer to Photoshop as version 12.2.3 or whatever, but to consumers it's now just Photoshop CC. Their move to subscription-based software makes version differenatiation redundant.

The same applies to OS X now that it will always be a free upgrade. I'd be surprised if future versions of OS X still refer to version numbers within their updates and don't just call them all "Update". Sure, stick the version number in the release notes but most of us don't really need to know.

All we need to know is that if the App Store has a red badge, there's an update available.

Apple to Acquire Beats Music & Beats Electronics

Apple PR:

CUPERTINO, California—May 28, 2014—Apple® today announced it has agreed to acquire the critically acclaimed subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple is acquiring the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.

It's official.

App.net laying off staff, keeps service running

Dalton Caldwell:

The good news is that the renewal rate was high enough for App.net to be profitable and self-sustaining on a forward basis. Operational and hosting costs are sufficiently covered by revenue for us to feel confident in the continued viability of the service. No one should notice any change in the way the App.net API/service operates. To repeat, App.net will continue to operate normally on an indefinite basis.

The bad news is that the renewal rate was not high enough for us to have sufficient budget for full-time employees. After carefully considering a few different options, we are making the difficult decision to no longer employ any salaried employees, including founders. Dalton and Bryan will continue to be responsible for the operation of App.net, but no longer as employees. Additionally, as part of our efforts to ensure App.net is generating positive cash flow, we are winding down the Developer Incentive Program. We will be reaching out to developers currently enrolled in the program with more information.

Like many others, I didn't renew my App.net subscription when the time came as it just didn't have the impact we all thought it would have. The platform that the team built is great, it was just never fully realised.

Via 512 Pixels

Stop not linking

Matthew Panzarino, back in 2012, regarding the way many online publications choose to rewrite/regurgitate entire articles instead of linking to the original piece:

There is only one reason why you wouldn’t link right in the body of your text, as far as I’m concerned: you don’t want people to click on it.

Marco Arment on the same subject:

If you’re truly providing value, you should have the confidence to send your audience away, knowing that they’ll come back to you. If that’s not the case, don’t bother publishing.

I've experienced a number of instances recently where this has occurred with pieces I've written over at The Instructional and each time it was heartbreaking to see something I spent so long working on distorted into a cheap knock-off with just a sliver of an attribution at the end.

Both Matthew and Marco's pieces should be required reading for anyone who intends to post something written elsewhere.