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Apple's Aperture team is looking for managers, user interface engineers and software coders who have experience operating in the iOS environment, possibly signaling that the company is developing an iDevice-centric version of the high performance photo editing program.

An AppleInsider reader who wishes to remain anonymous was sent an email on Friday from an Apple corporate recruiter asking if they were interested in taking on a Cocoa coding position with the Aperture team. The reader points out that one of the job's key requirements is "experience in programming for iOS."

The email is consistent with a series of postings that popped up on the "Jobs at Apple" website over the past week that show possible interest in creating a companion iOS app or a mobile version of the Mac maker's photo editing and management software. If a dedicated app was indeed launched it would be the first of Apple's professional-level programs to have a presence on iOS.

One advertised listing titled "Aperture- Software Engineering Manager" was posted on Thursday and calls for an experienced individual with leadership skills who can "help shape a new generation of tools for advanced photo management and manipulation." What is interesting about the position is that it requires "recent hands-on development experience with MacOS or iOS" and experience with various coding languages used in Apple's mobile platform.

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Apple's Aperture photo editing software could get its own iOS app. | Source: Apple


Apple has released a variety of in-house iOS apps though most have been stripped-down or reworked ports from the iLife and iWork software suites. Most recently the iPhone maker launched an iOS version of iPhoto alongside the third-generation iPad in March, complete with multi-touch capabilities and Retina Display support. The app sold one million copies in less than ten days and continues to be one of the App Store's best-selling products.

Other Apple programs taken to iOS include iMove and Garage Band while iWorks' Keynote, Pages and Numbers have been on iDevices since 2011.

While the iPad is not seen as a professional-level computer, companies like Adobe have dabbled with releasing advanced products that interface with processor-intensive desktop counterparts. The company recently released launched two new iOS apps when it introduced Creative Cloud in May, further integrating mobile devices into its professional design workflow.
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So, just to confirm... Photos, iPhoto, AND Aperature all on iOS? Three photography apps? Doesn't that seem like overkill. I would imagine Apple just plans to beef up iPhoto....
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I wish they'd replace Photos with iPhoto.

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IMHO This is all pointing to a much larger iPad one day!
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Not overkill at all; it would be welcomed by a great many pro-/hobbyist photographers who would like to incorporate an iPad into the process. The iOS iPhoto app is great but, as an Aperture user, my photo libraries (versions and albums) are in Aperture (not iPhoto) format and I for one would like to be able to use a complementary program on the iPad. 

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I'd much rather they bring out Aperture 4.
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Uh huh. Let's make an iOS Aperture when OS X Aperture is getting quite long in the tooth compared to Lightroom 4. About the only feature that is still superior in Aperture is the cataloging. I'm beginning to question Apple's commitment to the professionals who kept it afloat in the 90's.
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I'd much rather they bring out Aperture 4.

 

Just sent my second crash log of the night with 3.2.4   :  (

 

An IOS version would be nice but the house isn't really in order back home.

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So, just to confirm... Photos, iPhoto, AND Aperature all on iOS? Three photography apps? Doesn't that seem like overkill. I would imagine Apple just plans to beef up iPhoto....
Not at all. Good, Better, and Best is how they do their HW so having 3 apps that add more advanced features at a higher cost might be suitable. I assume the cost is fairly low and it won't be too confusing.

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I wish they'd replace Photos with iPhoto.
I don't see it replacing Photos on iOS but I would like there to be an default app settings in Settings that could allow users to replace their Photos app with iPhoto, Mail with some 3rd party mail app, Safari with a 3rd party browser app, etc.

The latter allows Apple to grow developer and user interest by giving a nugget of freedom by simply adding a UI for a new API that would allow these tie ins. They already do many of these things with the Twitter API.

The former would keep the non-technical users from being confused as easily about which app they need for a service (which is something I've experienced with everyone I bought the iPhoto app for) and would allow their Home Screens to be cleaned up by hiding these subsidiary apps, if they choose to, like how the Nike+ app.

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IMHO This is all pointing to a much larger iPad one day!
That's an interesting thought and I think it will eventually happen as the iPad becomes a more common primary computing device for many users, but I think it's at least a couple years off.

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I suppose this at least means Aperture is still part of the picture. Any chance we might get an announcement on Monday?
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I'd much rather they bring out Aperture 4.

I can create a long list with new features I'd like to be added. The current version is, as of today, 28 months old. Older than the Mac Pro, and look at those long threads!

I understand they have their priorities and secrecy, but a word on a delay, like Leopard due to iPhoneOS1.0 would be nice.
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I suppose this at least means Aperture is still part of the picture. Any chance we might get an announcement on Monday?

Certainly hope so, it's a software event after all. Then again, Steve has introduced new hardware at AllThingsD.
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Then again, Steve has introduced new hardware at AllThingsD.

 

When?

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IMHO This is all pointing to a much larger iPad one day!


And a camera that shoots in RAW format too.  Otherwise, Aperture is sorta useless...

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I only shoot in RAW. I just prefer the extra depth in color range to work with.

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I'm beginning to question Apple's commitment to the professionals who kept it afloat in the 90's.

 

That bus left the station way back I'm afraid. If it ain't prosumer they ain't interested anymore.

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That bus left the station way back I'm afraid. If it ain't prosumer they ain't interested anymore.

 

I know. I just keep hoping maybe they'll suddenly decide to refocus even a tiny bit of their now obscene resources to the pro arena. I still have a little Aperture 4 wish list in my Stickies- hope springs eternal and all that.

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And a camera that shoots in RAW format too.  Otherwise, Aperture is sorta useless...

Raw in a phone camera? Does anyone offer that? Does it provide a significant benefit for phone camera use?
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Raw in a phone camera? Does anyone offer that? Does it provide a significant benefit for phone camera use?

The newer 2012 HTC Android phones offer camera RAW support, as does that new LAVA Intel phone. There's probably others.

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So, just to confirm... Photos, iPhoto, AND Aperature all on iOS? Three photography apps? Doesn't that seem like overkill. I would imagine Apple just plans to beef up iPhoto....

 

Just to confirm, you obviously have not clue about Aperture. It is anything but high-powered in its current state. LR 4 utter blows it away. Apple is a good generation or two behind. Many pro shooters have already made the switch. In short, you're wrong....

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And a camera that shoots in RAW format too.  Otherwise, Aperture is sorta useless...

Uhhh.... Aperture is a pro app. For fun and kiddie stuff you have iPhoto. My Nikon D4 delivers 36 meg (uncompressed RAW files) and my Nikon D800 delivers approximately 75 meg (uncompressed RAW files) so why would you want a phone to do this. Useless is the word I'm looking for....

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I know. I just keep hoping maybe they'll suddenly decide to refocus even a tiny bit of their now obscene resources to the pro arena. I still have a little Aperture 4 wish list in my Stickies- hope springs eternal and all that.

I feel your pain...

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When?

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Raw in a phone camera? Does anyone offer that? Does it provide a significant benefit for phone camera use?


A camera phone probably doesn't really need it, but Aperture works best with RAW images.  If they make Aperture for IOS, I would assume it would be to use with Apple hardware, as they really don't advertise the fact much that you can load pictures from "real" cameras onto the iPad fairly easily.  At least, they don't yet.

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Uhhh.... Aperture is a pro app. For fun and kiddie stuff you have iPhoto. My Nikon D4 delivers 36 meg (uncompressed RAW files) and my Nikon D800 delivers approximately 75 meg (uncompressed RAW files) so why would you want a phone to do this. Useless is the word I'm looking for....


The iPad (especialy with a retina display) would be a very handy tool for the photographer if it had the right software...

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I don't think Aperture will move to iOS. Rather, iPhoto will eventually become iOS only, in line with the idea of iPad for casual users and Mac for pro users. The reason they mentioned OS X or iOS in the ad is that the APIs are so similar (so someone with iOS development experience could very quickly come up to speed with Mac dev).

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The iPad (especialy with a retina display) would be a very handy tool for the photographer if it had the right software...

And what software would that be? Portfolio software, photo editing software? There are tons of each out there. Aperture on a Mac can be a resource intense experience. It would be even worse and overkill on an iPad. By the way I have an iPad3 or whatever it is and use iPhoto to gallery my photos. It is more than enough to show photos. As long as Apple doesn't allow for screen calibration of the iPad anything as resource intensive as Aperture would simply be a waste of time. 

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I don't understand why Apple would focus on iOS and not OS X with Aperture. Especially when the current version is desperately in need of a refresh (to stay competitive with Adobe). Unless they want to relinquish the pro market to LR4. I don't think they will, but man are they taking their sweet time getting this new version out the door.
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