A new book listing has cropped up on Amazon.ca with a CDN $35.54 / USD $35.71 price tag titled “Apple Aperture X - under NDA: A Workflow Guide for Digital Photographers.”
Of course, this doesn’t mean Apple is launching Aperture X.
For all we know, authors Ken McMahon and Nik Rawlinson are looking to get some attention for their upcoming Aperture book guide using X as a placeholder for the next iteration number Apple has in mind. 4.0 is next in line, for who’s asking.
Of course, Apple has previously jumped from a version 7 Final Cut Pro to Final Cut Pro X, so there’s some precedent for that. Not to mention the rumors about a potential Logic Pro X release in the near future.
In any case, the 322-page hardcover is going to be published by Focal Press on March 1, 2013 and it’s got an ISBN number too.
The language is English. Going by the launch date, Apple should announce its new Aperture refresh this spring.
Aperture, for those who aren’t very familiar with the software, is the Apple version of Photoshop, give or take a few features that Adobe charges a lot of money for.
According to Apple, “Aperture combines the control and speed pros want for demanding photo tasks with the easy learning curve iPhoto users need to step up to an advanced photo tool.”
“Aperture is packed with innovative adjustment tools to refine your images, including a revolutionary Auto White Balance that uses skin tones to correct color casts, and a professional Auto Enhance that applies Exposure, Vibrancy, Curves, and more with a single click,” Apple’s marketing material reads.
The photo editing software is optimized for the Retina displays and features a unified photo library which enables users to move seamlessly from iPhoto to Aperture and back, without having to import, export, or reprocess their works.