Apple's special event at Photokina is underway. At the moment they are discussing the transition to Intel (which went smoothly) and heralding Aperture as the 'ultimate darkroom.' More info as we get it.
As we suspected, Aperture is the star of the show. Testimonials from a number of photographers are being played, and they are all heralding Aperture as super cool.
Apple has just introduced Aperture 1.5. More details to come.
Aperture 1.5 has a new library system with better support for external storage, DVD's, as well as RAID. This should make a lot of Aperture users happy. iLife integration is also new, with support for a plugins framework. Plugins for Gettyimages, iStockPhoto, Flickr are included with more on the way. The magnifying function has been improved and one can now magnify images up to 1600%. The XMP format is now supported for exporting image data. You can get information about a photo without the RAW file being available to Aperture (i.e. it is on a disconnected external device). iPod integration is also new to this point release (you can store photos on your iPod).
The biggest piece of news for current Aperture users is that this will be a free upgrade, and it will be available this week.
And the event is over. A very special thanks to MacNotes.de for there wonderful coverage.