Apple has pulled the plug on its Aperture image editing and management program, after almost nine years, the firmu2019s UK office has confirmed.

Launched as an ‘all-in-one post-production tool’ that was set to revolutionise photographers’ workflow, Aperture aimed to make working with raw image files as easy as with JPEGs.

‘Aperture is to professional photography what Final Cut Pro is to filmmaking,’ said Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice-president of Applications Marketing, in October 2005.

Apple Aperture cost £349 at launch.

A spokesman for Apple’s UK office confirmed last night: ‘With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture.

‘When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.’