In a new support document released yesterday, Apple is calling time on support for their legacy – and legendary – photos app, Aperture. The document makes it clear that Aperture will not be supported in macOS 10.15 or later with Mojave being the last version that will be able to run it.
The news of the demise of Aperture shouldn’t be a big surprise. Apple stopped development on the app in June 2014. It was removed from the Mac App Store nearly a year later in April 2015. Those that purchased the program could still install it however.
The move away from Aperture by Apple was due to the launch of the revamped Photos app for Mac in 2015. It brought a lot of the features from Aperture to everyone and, of course, was free.
The support document Apple has created outlines how to migrate your libraries from Aperture to either Apple Photos or to Adobe Lightroom Classic. The instructions provide step-by-step directions on how to do the migration.
If you absolutely do not want to move away from Aperture despite its now limited cloud functionality, you can still use it. You will just not be able to update to macOS 10.15 when it is released later this Fall. Given the power of Lightroom and Photos, it may be time to consider a move.