OS X 10.11.4 Beta Adds Live Photos Support for Messages

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    Alongside the iOS 9.3 beta seeded to developers earlier this week, Apple also provided an OS X 10.11.4 beta with some minor updates to the OS X El Capitan operating system. OS X 10.11.4 was overshadowed by all of the features introduced in iOS 9.3 so it's taken a few days for people to dig into the release to find out what's new.

    One of the new additions to OS X 10.11.4 is improved Live Photos support in the Messages app. When Live Photos were introduced with the launch of the iPhone 6s, the only place to view them on a Mac was within the Mac Photos app. As of OS X 10.11.4, Live Photos can also be viewed directly in the Messages app on a Mac running the operating system update.

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    When a message containing a Live Photo is received on OS X 10.11.4, it will have the familiar concentric circles icon that marks a Live Photo. Clicking on a Live Photo will open up the mini photo viewer as is standard procedure with viewing any photo within Messages on a Mac, and in this view, the Live Photo will now play when the Live Photo icon is clicked.

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    The ability to view Live Photos directly within the Messages app is a useful change that makes it possible to see Live Photos content sent from friends and family without needing to open it up on an iOS device or save it to Photos on the Mac. In the future, Apple could expand Live Photos support even further, making them viewable in other apps like Mail, Safari, notes, and more.

    For those unfamiliar with Live Photos, it's an iPhone 6s feature that adds a hint of motion to still photos, not unlike the magical animated photos from the Harry Potter universe. Live Photos capture 3 seconds of video around a still image, which is played back when a photo is touched using a 3D Touch gesture on an iPhone 6s. Live Photos can only be taken with an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, but they can be viewed on any iOS device running iOS 9 or any Mac running OS X El Capitan.

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    OS X 10.11.4 will likely come out alongside iOS 9.3, which Apple says will be released in the spring. As for other new features, the update also includes support for password protected notes in the Notes app.

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    Easy to turn off. I like Live Photos a lot.
     
  5. procrastinasn macrumors member

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    Then turn it off :)
     
  6. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a

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    they need a better way to share photos on mac, a sort of quick picker like in iOS, showing the 5 most recent imports to photos.app
     
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    What are the problems that you're experiencing?
     
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    huh, how about that! Somebody here on MR had a gripe about not being able to tell which photos are Live photos in the thumbnail!
     
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    How about Live Photos support for Macrumors? :rolleyes:
     
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    I like live photos. It's especially cool to have a picture that moves a little on my friend's lock screen.
     
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    Yanno what'd be a nice new feature in 10.11.4? How about a fix for the Preview memory usage bug a bunch of people are encountering? The one that caused it to balloon to almost 70GB of RAM when I tried to open five 250KB PDFs this afternoon.
     
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    I'm so excited about Apple spending time, resources and money to bring this to us that it made me forget all the dysfunctional facets of OSX and itunes not.
     
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    speaking of iMessages on Mac. am i the only one who keeps ending up in the search field by mistake while actually trying to type a message which ends up locking up the whole program? drives me insane. happens at least once a day to me.
     
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    i wish I could find someplace to download the Live Photo wallpapers that could me with the iPhone 6s
     
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    It's been off since day one......:D
     
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    As much as I appreciate the updates. I really miss the days when they would just update the app and not require an OS update for features like these to be added. There really is no reason these features couldn't be made to work in Yosemite or Mavericks.
     
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    Live Photos is a waste of space and time.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Ever since buying iPhone 6s on day one, I haven't used this feature even once.

    Gimmick. Plain and simple.
     
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    El Capitan....buggier than an ant farm owners underpants. Never again.
     

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