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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite to developers, just over a week after releasing OS X 10.10.2 to the public. OS X 10.10.3 includes the much anticipated Photos app for Mac.

The new beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center.

Recent rumors questioned the removal of mentions of the Photos app for Mac from Apple's website, suggesting it might be delayed, but today's beta release indicates that it is still on track for an early 2015 launch. 10.10.3's release notes offer details on the app:
All new for OS X, Photos automatically organizes your photo library and helps you perfect your photos with comprehensive editing tools. You can also store your photos and videos in the cloud using iCloud Photo Library, and access them on all your devices.

Photos lets you:
- Browse your photos by time and location in Moments, Collections, and Years views.
- Navigate your library using convenient Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects tabs
- Store all of your photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library in their original format and full resolution
- Access your photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Library from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or with any web browser
- Perfect your photos with powerful and easy-to-use editing tools that optimize with a single click or slider, or allow precise adjustments with detailed controls
- Create professional-quality photo books with simplified bookmaking tools, new Apple-designed themes, and new square book formats
- Purchase prints in new square and panoramic sizes
Quite a few sites have been given preview access to Photos for Mac, giving us our first look at the app that is designed to replace both iPhoto and Aperture. Re/code, for example, has shared several screenshots of the app, and calls it "both refreshingly new and comfortably familiar."

Apple has also created a Photos preview page that walks users through the Photos experience. The Photos for Mac app takes on a Yosemite-style design, with an emphasis on translucency and flatness. Like Photos for iOS, the Mac app organizes images into Moments, Collections, and Years, in a format that's immediately recognizable to anyone who has used the iOS app.

Photos for Mac integrates with iCloud Photo Library (though iCloud Photo Library is not required), letting a user access all of their photos regardless of the device they were captured with, for a seamless photo editing and management experience. Beta Photos users will find that their existing iPhoto libraries will be updated for compatibility with the Photos app, and there's also an option to import Aperture libraries.

Edits made to a photo on iOS or on Mac through the now-universal Photos app are automatically synced to all devices if iCloud Photo Library is enabled, and the Mac app includes a range of editing tools. Enhance can be used to improve images with a single click, but there are also Smart Sliders for more customized adjustments.

The app has somewhat more in-depth tools than were available in iPhoto, giving access to a histogram along with Light, Color, Black & White, Levels, White Balance, and Definition. Eight pre-defined filters are also included for adding quick effects, and there are options for printing Photo books and sharing images on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and more.

Update: OS X 10.10.3 includes a new emoji picker that consolidates emoji into a single page with clear labels. In OS X, the emoji menu is brought up by pressing Control + Command + Space.

The update also includes new support for Google 2-step verification when setting up accounts in System Preferences.

Article Link: Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to Developers With Mac Photos App


macrumors 6502a
Oct 4, 2008
I'm inexplicably excited for the new Photos app. I hope it lives up to expectations.


Mar 26, 2008
someone with access to the beta please report back if iPhoto still works. i have no intention whatsoever to ever enable iCloud Photos and will stick to iPhoto and Photostream as long as possible


macrumors 6502a
Jul 19, 2007
Does it include the ability to migrate from iPhoto to iCloud? I have been curious how that will work. I am also curious how Apple will handle the huge server load of people uploading their large photo libraries. For some who want to pay the storage costs, they may even be uploading photos and videos, of 200+ GB.


Dec 6, 2012
This is indeed exciting news. I hope they push this to a public beta soon. My iphotos is really struggling and I am very hopeful this new app will work well.


macrumors 65816
I'm still smarting about Aperture and its non-future as a 'professional' app running on 'professional' hardware.

I don't think I want to even bother trying this - it'll end in disappointment in a couple of years.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 29, 2014
"You cannot geotag photos, though you can see, sort, and search by where photos were taken."



Moderator emeritus
May 3, 2009
Interesting, So the app is further along then folks (including me) though it was, when apple pulled any reference to the app a little while ago.


macrumors 6502
May 22, 2013
I hope that at next WWDC Apple is going to release official ways to create dark windows and controls, and you dont have to hack your way around it and write all new classes for everything.

Looks nice!

Argh I see, the window probably only goes black if you are in editing mode it looks like. The only black screenshots are when the Done button is available. Bummer.


macrumors 6502
Oct 22, 2005
Really hope geotagging and better Flickr integration is added by release time!
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