Apple is definitely, finally, killing off Aperture for sure this time…

Apple Aperture

Development on Aperture officially ended in June 2014, but there had been signs long before then that Apple was growing tired of its professional photo organising and editing application. Lightroom was forging ahead with more and more advanced editing tools while Aperture’s updates were becoming more and more sporadic.

Now, in an announcement on Apple’s support site, the company says the next version of its operating system, the follow up to the current Mojave release, will not be compatible with Aperture. Until now, Aperture has been able to keep stumbling along with each new OS release, but we understand the last vestiges of 32-bit code will be removed in the new OS, leaving Aperture unable to run.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at