Apple on Thursday responded to rumours that the company has asked the engineering team for its professional photography workflow application Aperture to leave. The rumours, which started late last week, are completely false, according to Apple.

"The reports of Apple reducing their commitment to Aperture are totally false," said Kirk Paulsen, Apple's senior director pro applications marketing. "In fact, we've got more people working on Aperture right now than ever before.

Hot on the heels of its recently released Aperture 1.1 update, Apple last night released another smaller update that fixes minor issues in the application. Apple said this shows its continued support for the application. Paulsen said this is a direct result of working with customers to make sure Aperture is the best application Apple can provide.

Several issues have been addressed with Aperture 1.1.1 including fixing a white balance bug and a problem where Aperture would erroneously warn of incompatible display hardware. iPhoto users can now also choose individual images when importing into Aperture, instead of choosing albums.

Paulsen characterized the interest in Aperture at the recent National Association of Broadcasters tradeshow in Las Vegas as "tremendous" as Apple showed off its entire pro-level product line.

"As far as we're concerned Aperture is the number one application in the category and we intend to do everything possible to keep it that way," said Paulsen.