updated 12:25 pm EDT, Fri October 23, 2009
Leak hints at product name change
The next version of Aperture may be named Aperture X, an Amazon leak suggests. A book called Aperture X: A Workflow Guide for Digital Photographers has appeared at the Amazon website, credited to Ken McMahon and Nik Rawlinson, who previously wrote a guide for Aperture 2. The book's listing includes the warning "UNDER NDA," suggesting that it was meant to be kept hidden in a database.
A release date of May 26th, 2010 is also mentioned, which could hint at the timeframe for a corresponding software debut. A switch from numbers to the letter X may reflect a trend in Apple apps; the Snow Leopard version of QuickTime, for instance, is referred to as QuickTime X (10.0), even though the preceding Leopard version is v7.6. Such a change could suggest that Aperture will be a Snow Leopard exclusive.
If designed for the new OS, the program would likely take advantage of Grand Central and 64-bit architecture in order to improve speeds in sorting and processing.