updated 04:20 pm EST, Thu March 30, 2006
Aperture 1.1 due in April
Apple announced that it has pushed back the release date of Aperture 1.1, a highly anticipated update to the post-production tool for photographers that will offer native compatibility for Intel Mac users, as well as increased computer and camera compatibility. Apple showcased Aperture 1.1 in late February at the PMA trade show in Orlando, FL as a significant update to the program, saying that the new version would be available in some time in March. The company's update page for Aperture, however, reveals that Apple is now planning to unveil the update during the month of April. Apple began shipping Final Cut Studio 5.1 yesterday, a Universal Binary version of its professional video application suite. Aperture 1.1 will deliver new feature enhancements and address issues related to overall reliability, performance, and compatibility, according to Apple. Documented changes include improved RAW image quality, RAW fine tuning, auto noise compensation, a new color meter, enhanced export controls, and "dozens of other improvements." The current version of Aperture is priced at $500, and the upgrade will be free to existing users.