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Detail on Aperture Reference from Today’s Apple Special Event

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October 23, 2013 - 4:19am

OK here’s the quote. Scrub through to about 35 minutes in to watch it.

Photography… the new version of Aperture designed to take advantage of the throughput of this incredible Mac Pro” — Phil Schiller, October 22, 2013 Apple Special Event

Phil Schiller talking about Photographers and the new Mac Pro — and Aperture!

Here’s a closer view of the photographer on the Mac Pro…

Is that Aperture 3 as we know it?The image above shows Aperture in full screen mode, right? God I hope that’s not Lightroom as some have suggested… but the bars look darker to me than what we have today. Plus what’s that gap in the middle of the HUD on the right? It could just be curves open but not applied like in my screenshot below, but it seems there’s some piece of the UI missing if it is. 

This is current Aperture 3.4.5 in full screen mode

It’s all silly speculation… but it’s fun ;-)

I’m equally interested in the display that the photographer is on. Can anyone identify it? Schiller mentioned that the new Mac Pro can support up to three (!!) 4K displays. Could this be a forthcoming Apple 4K display? It’d make sense… 

Up to three 4K displays… yum

My 27ʺ iMac display is 2560 wide… would going 4096 (4K) make that retina? 4096 ÷ 23 (the approximate horizontal width of a 27ʺ display) is 178 ppi. Is that retina?

Update on October 23, 2013 - 7:37pm by Joseph @ApertureExpert

The 4K display is apparently the Sharp PN-K321 32ʺ 3,840 × 2,160, priced at a whopping $3,949 on B&H (actually cheaper once you add it to your cart).

Here’s an image from the Sharp website:

The Sharp PN-K321 3,840 × 2,160 4K display

Apple Aperture

Well, now we have to use a plugin to correct the perspective, then use another plugin to increase the image size so we can get a good view of this screen!

Still using Apple Aperture

Someone on Twitter mentioned a Sharp display and it does look like this one.


Thomas — dang, you could be right.


— Have you signed up for the mailing list?

I have spent the day watching AE’s video tutorials on Aperture to help me gain a greater level of skill with Aperture.

Whatever happens, I will be sticking with Aperture for a good while yet. Aperture with Topaz Plugins and Photoshop CS5.

I am waiting to see what other users have found with the Mavericks upgrade before I download it it onto my MBP. I had major issues with iOS 7 and wish I had waited a bit.

That gap looks to me like a curve display in a newer lower profile stack. It looks like it just doesn’t have the border out to the left. But everything else is there.

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