I searched about this news and it is true. Now we cannot see author images in search results. The Google's own guy +JohnMueller announced this change shortly.
As a part of this, we're simplifying the way authorship is shown in mobile and desktop search results, removing the profile photo and circle count.The guide lines that still exist in Google about author profiles are memories of the past.
DID IT AFFECTED THE NUMBER OF IMPRESSIONS AND CLICKS?
I checked the status of impressions of shipmethis.com and i got 30% increase in Impressions and 78 percentage in Clicks. The impressions reduced first with a decrease of 20% but later it increased. So the number of impression is not affected with this change. The number of impressions actually increased for many small bloggers or starters due to this change. It was mainly because, most prominent bloggers were tried to make the image attractive and was using so many techniques to add more info about the author like how many circles does the author is in etc using many plugins. The visitors will only click the image showing result even if the quality of the article is lower than other small blogs. Due to this small bloggers could not get a chance even it ranked near these search engine masters. So it really helped some of them.
DID IT AFFECTED THE SERP RANK ?
Google only removed the images of authors from search results and the SERP ranks are not affected.
After all of this, i am personally sad to see the images gone from the search results. My friends could notice my pic in results and they were really amused to see that also. Now it is just information without emotion. Well, all bloggers should verify their authorship in snippet tools and you could do that by going the link - "Boost Search Engine Rankings By Authorship Snippet Profile Image" to make sure their author byline is present in the Google results.
THE CHANGES IN THE RESULTS - COMPARISON OF OLD, NEW, AND REAL
|Old Search result|
The above image shows that image of the author is present in search result and the by line, "by Akhil S kumar is present adjacent to the picture."