Considering Apple’s halting development of  iPhoto, its consumer photo editing-tool and Aperture, its professional photo management tool for the Mac over the last year or so, coupled with the merging of iPhoto’s database with Aperture’s, it seemed inevitable that a change was afoot. And today, that change has come.

Apple has confirmed that it is both ending development of its Aperture photo management tool and dropping iPhoto from Apple’s slate of apps, and replacing both with the new Photos app for the upcoming OS X Yosemite, introduced at its WWDC keynote last month.

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,” said Apple in a statement. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.”

While Apple reportedly plans to maintain compatibility with OS X Yosemite, the company will cease development of both photo apps. 

The new Photos app, announced at WWDC, will be the new platform for photo editing and management.

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