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By Jason Snell

Would you like this discontinued software?

Note: This story has not been updated for several years.

Back in June, Apple announced that it was discontinuing Aperture and iPhoto, to be replaced in 2015 with a new Photos app targeted at both iPhoto and Aperture users.

I was speaking at a user-group meeting last week, and afterward I spoke with a die-hard Aperture user who was quite upset about the prospect of having to switch to Lightroom. I mentioned that the new Photos app was indeed intended to support people like her, but had to admit my skepticism that Apple would be able to create one app that could satisfy the user bases of both Aperture and iPhoto.

In any event, I’m looking forward to seeing what the new Photos app brings next year. But in the meantime, don’t you think Apple should stop selling Aperture to the buyers of new Macs?

Following this tweet from Khoi Vinh, I went to the online Apple Store and selected the Mac Pro, and was helpfully offered the option to buy preinstalled copies of Final Cut Pro ($300), Logic Pro ($200), and Aperture ($80).

I hope nobody is taking Apple up on this not-so-generous offer to buy in to an application that’s been out on the ice floe for six months already.

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