The latest iteration of OS X is about to arrive. As well as the usual package of security updates and fixes, 10.10.3 will herald the end of iPhoto and arrival of Photos. Aperture was also dropped recently making Photos Apple’s only app for Photo management.
Photos continues Apple’s mission to bring OS X and iOS closer. The new Photos application that is being introduced to OS X looks a lot like its iOS sibling. And while that familiarity will be a good thing for new Mac converts who have cut their teeth on Apple software through their iPads and iPhones, there’s a significant transition for current Mac users who have been using iPhoto for several years.
Once Photos is installed and you launch it, your iPhoto library will be converted for the new application. Photos has a far less cluttered interface than iPhoto. While that gives it a cleaner look, it means many of the functions you’re accustomed to using are less obvious.
For example, the Faces feature is no longer front and centre; it’s now found under Albums. The navigation pane that was on the left side of the iPhoto screen is gone with its tools shifted to other locations.
One of the big changes that comes with Photos is the iCloud Photo Library. This new feature allows you to sync your entire photo library to iCloud. Of course, the default iCloud storage capacity of 5GB won’t be enough for most people’s libraries. So, be ready to splash out a few dollars for increased iCloud storage.
Increased capacity comes in increments of 20GB, 200GB, 500GB and 1TB with the costs running at $1.29, $4.99, $12.99 and $24.99 per month respectively.
By using iCloud Photo Library you’re now able to access all of your photos from any device. Although that’s been a feature of the Photo Stream it’s now extended to all your photos.
We’ll be honest, if you’ve been a long-time iPhoto or Aperture user then the transition to Photos will be jarring. The user experience simplification and minimalism that signifies Jony Ive’s design philosophy and elegance is reflected in Photos. But if you’re new to OS X and accustomed to manipulating photos on a iPad or iPhone then you’ll feel right at home.