It’s been well over three years since Apple released Aperture 3.0 with no major updates ever since. And when comparing it to the several major releases that Lightroom has had in the meantime (currently on version 5), that’s a relatively long time that it’s been out without a major update. Historically, Aperture was on a two-year release cycle, but now that we’re into the third year and looking at the rumors floating around from the folks at Apple, we expect to see version 4.0 released by July 2014.
Apple originally introduced Aperture back in 2005. Now with version 4.0 only available through the Mac App Store, there has been some small dot-releases in-between that are free to download for existing 4.0 users.
- Aperture 3.51 – Released on November 14, 2013 (small improvements with the Temperature & Tint eyedropper tool)
- Aperture 3.5 – Released October 22, 2013 (mostly compatibility/bug updates for OS X Mavericks).
- Aperture 3.4.5 – Released on Jun 05, 2013.
- Aperture 3.0 – Released on February 9, 2010.
- Aperture 2.0 – Released on February 12, 2008.
- Aperture 1.0 – Released on November 30, 2005.
What new features will we see?
The new features that we hope to see in Aperture 4 have gotten pretty long since we started tracking the release date. Here are those that top our wish list:
- Lens distortion correction similar to the one in Lightroom 5 or Pixelsync available as an iPad app.
- Native 64 bit support.
- Ability to easily sync image libraries between Apple devices (iMac, MacBook Pro, iPad)
- A panoramic function with 360º view (like we’ve seen in QuickTime VR)
- Capability to add multi-layered text with transition effects in slideshow.
- Easy social media integration (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
What if I buy Aperture 3 right before Aperture 4 is released?
Unlike other software companies that offer returns on software, price protection guarantees, or free upgrades to those that purchased right before a major product release, Apple is one of the few companies that do not offer any protection at all on opened software. So if you bought Aperture 3 yesterday, then you will not be entitled to a free upgrade to version 4 if it were to be released today. You’re only chance is to talk to an Apple representative and see if they can waive the policy for you. Because we believe the next version can be announced any day now, we recommend waiting it out if you can.
What would you like to see in Aperture 4?
Leave your suggestions and wish list in the comments below.