Aperture is becoming The Matrix
Earlier this week, Apple released Aperture 1.5, an incremental update whose new features make the photography program more flexible and appealing a wider audience. Now, with the release of (count 'em) 7 software updates, Apple's iLife and iWork suites are now fully integrated with Aperture as well.
Weighing in together at over 130 MB, iWeb 1.1.2, iPhoto 6.0.5, iMovie HD 6.0.3, iDVD 6.0.3, GarageBand 3.0.4, Pages 2.0.2, and Keynote 3.0.2, holy frigging crap, now provide direct access to your Aperture library's moist, chewy goodness. We were racking our brains about what GarageBand has do to with pro photography until our buddy Pyondor called and was like "dude, interactive podcasts" so we had to hurt him.
Isn't it, like, super-creepy though? Granted all the iApps are tightly integrated anyway, but they were more like members of one of those little communes where the friendly hippies innocuously hang around doing yoga all day. Now Aperture 1.5 swaggers in with its $299 price tag and its swanky-ass black box and starts bossing 'em all around.
Sure, you could argue that pictures drive Apple's whole user experience. True, a Mac without pictures would be like a Zune without Microsoft's DRM...oh wait...never mind. Still, we feel like we have reason to single Aperture out for the creepy factor. It's not like DVD Studio Pro is cozying up to iWeb or anything. Integration with seven iApps. It's like Apple wants Aperture to take over from Mac OS X and control all of your programs. What's next, Chess?!
Oh yeah, you could choose a photo from your library to use as a background on the chess board! That'd be nifty.