Amazon Listing Suggests Apple Aperture 3 Replacement May Be Nigh


If you’ve been thinking about buying a copy of Apple’s Aperture 3 for your post-processing work, you might want to hold off for a bit. A replacement may be on the near horizon — at least according to a new book listing that has popped up over on Amazon Canada.

The listing appears to be a placeholder, with the $35 book’s title currently set to “Apple Aperture X – under NDA: A Workflow Guide for Digital Photographers.” There’s a message that says “This title has not yet been released,” an option to preorder the book, and a description that has been copied-and-pasted from the Aperture 3 guidebook written by the same authors.

The book is set to hit shelves on March 1st, 2013.

While it wouldn’t make sense to read too much into this listing in and of itself, especially given the utter lack of useful information, it’s notable because the exact same thing happened prior to the launch of Aperture 3.

In late October 2009, AppleInsider spotted a nearly identical placeholder page for a book on “Apple Aperture X (3),” to be published in May 2010. Aperture 3 was launched in early February 2010, and the placeholder page soon became the official product listing for “Apple Aperture 3: A Workflow Guide for Digital Photographers.”

It appears that a successor to Apple's Aperture 3 is on the way

It appears that a successor to Apple’s Aperture 3 is on the way

The “under NDA” portion of the title indicates that the authors signed a “Non-Disclosure Agreement” that prevents them from spilling the beans on the details of the upcoming program.

AppleInsider writes that Aperture X would be a logical name for the program:

The name “Aperture X” would fall in line with Final Cut Pro X, a major overhaul to Apple’s professional video editing software that was released last year. The release of Final Cut Pro X was enveloped in controversy, as many longtime users felt the changes to the software crippled it. But Apple has since issued a number of updates to enhance features in the software.

We have no idea what new features Apple has up its sleeve for photographers, but we’re guessing the software will arrive with full Retina compatibility.

Update: A reader named Andrew points out that over on Amazon UK, there has been a listing for a couple of months now for a book titled “Apple Aperture 4: Unleashing Your Photo Workflow.”

  • Philip Han

    I use Aperture religiously, I can’t wait to see what’s in the update but I hope it’s not a clusterfrick aimed at making photography some kitchy pro thing like Final Cut X started out as. If the adjustment panel is dumbed down and works like iPhoto I will cry.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    Hope they don’t screw the pooch like they did with Final Cut

  • Trevor

    Aperture is so far behind, this had better be a miracle to make it worthwhile.

  • Elijah

    Better noise reduction and lens correction. Thats all i ask >___<

  • PaulJay

    Editing 5K RED files in a 5K Sequence is really screwing the pooch indeed. Actually using a GPU, 64 bit hardware is screwing the pooch up big time! Syncing external audio and video with audio waveforms is so consumerish…. FCPX is iMovie Pro bla bla bla. FCPX is a great and professional tool. If you don’t like the tool/workflow there’s Premiere CS6 which is great as well.

  • lidocaineus

    Examples? I’m genuinely interested in what other products offer that Aperture doesn’t.

  • Chris Blizzard

    I don’t understand why aperture X would be a good, logical name… With FC, it was the tenth version of the software, hence the X (as a roman numeral)
    If this is going to be the tenth version of aperture where were all the others?

  • TXCiclista

    Not to poo-poo this blog post, but Amazon US had a similar book listed 6 months ago iirc. I’ve got my fingers crossed that this one is for real, but if it’s anything like the US “tease,” there’s nothing reliable here. :'(

  • holgaman

    The x is just a placeholder for whatever the new name will be.

  • dan

    “We have no idea what new features Apple has up its sleeve for photographers, but we’re guessing the software will arrive with full Retina compatibility.”

    Um, aperture already has full retina compatibility.

  • spdorsey

    Well, there’s always Lightroom…
    (I also use Aperture – I don’t want it to change either)

  • Matthew Lundstrom

    You can’t manually set the dimensions of your project in FCPX. Nuf said.

  • PaulJay

    You’re confusing NLE with a compositing application.
    But Fcpx can match sequence to any frankenstein movie size. If you want 8000 x 1000 comp sizes you better use Motion or After Effects.
    If you really want that in fcpx just create a 1 sec movie with that size and match it.
    Custom sequences in fcp7 were never realtime anyway and always needed render. Nuf said.