aperture 3... or wait for 4?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by TDHXXX, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. TDHXXX macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2009
    i was pretty keen on taking the jump from iPhoto 11 to Aperture 3, but I was reading up on previous releases and noticed that each new version was released around February every year.

    should I take the plunge and get A3 or wait a little while longer for the possibility of 4?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Given the extended periods between aperture upgrades, I'd say you'll be better off getting Aperture 3 now.

    Apple takes an extremely slow pace when it comes to aperture and you'll most likely be waiting a couple of years before seeing version 4.
  3. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    For only $79 from the App Store there is little reason to wait. I would expect A4 to be another year out (unless they really are planning an update next month and that is why they dropped the price to less than half). Adobe product like Photoshop and LR are predictable upgrades about every 18 months while Apple is on its own secretive schedule.

    Another argument for waiting is that A3 was released too early and had many bugs like memory leaks. It appeared to be more of a beta than a final release - which was very surprising for Apple but that story is not to far off from iPhoto 11 which makes it seem like Apple is not putting everything into some products unlike their iToys (ipad, pod, phone...).

    I did put my money where my mouth is and bought A3 last week. If A4 came out I would not jump on it until the early reports of it working perfectly or being buggy are out. I also suspect that if they keep this new price of $79 that future version will cost the same instead of a less expensive upgrade to a current version - this is what they do with iWorks and iLife. No upgrade price, just full price but a reasonable full price.

    Also, lots of people complain A3 is still slow and opens slowly. On my 2010 MBP with 8GB RAM it takes about 5 seconds to open the first time after booting up and so far performance has been fine but I haven't set up large libraries yet. So it might help to have plenty of RAM to avoid possible performance issues.
  4. TDHXXX thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2009
    well, $99 in the australian app store. :p

    turns out i misread the update history, there was a 2 year gap between versions. hmn!

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