Apple responds to rumors of Aperture's demise, releases update

Apple on Thursday responded to rumors that the company has asked the engineering team for its professional photography workflow application Aperture to leave. The rumors, which started late last week, are completely false, according to Apple.

“The reports of Apple reducing their commitment to Aperture are totally false,” Kirk Paulsen, Apple’s Senior Director Pro Applications Marketing, told Macworld. “In fact, we’ve got more people working on Aperture right now than ever before.

In addition to the recently released Aperture 1.1 update, Apple today released another smaller update fixing minor issues in the application — a move Apple said shows their continued support for the application. Paulsen said this is a direct result of working with customers to make sure Aperture is the best application Apple can provide.

Several issues have been addressed with Aperture 1.1.1 including fixing a white balance bug and a problem where Aperture would erroneously warn of incompatible display hardware. iPhoto users can now also choose individual images when importing into Aperture, instead of choosing albums.

Paulsen characterized the interest in Aperture at the National Association of Broadcasters tradeshow last week in Las Vegas as “tremendous” as Apple showed off its entire pro-level product line.

"As far as we’re concerned Aperture is the number one application in the category and we intend to do everything possible to keep it that way,” said Paulsen.

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