Apple Releases OS X 10.10.3 Accompanied With iCloud Photo Library & a New Photos App
Apple has rolled out a free update to its Macintosh operating system which brings in a new Photos app and a dedicated photo-storage dubbed iCloud Photo Library.
The cloud-based service has been in beta-testing for quite a while and allows users to sync their photos among different iOS-based devices along with the ability to upload high-resolution photos online.
The brand new Photos app is designed not only to replace iPhoto and Aperture, but also to help perfect the photos and videos users have captured on their iOS devices. The Photos for OS X app takes on flat and translucent Yosemite-style design elements, and it aims to make organizing photos easier while offering comprehensive better editing tools.
The app takes many of its features from the iPhoto, but some have also been changed or are missing. Here is a rundown of the features of the new Photos app, as mentioned by Apple on its website:
- 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 in full resolution
- Access your photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Library from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iCloud.com 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
In addition to the said cloud-based service and Photos App, OS X 10.10.3 is also expected to introduce developer tools for the new Force Touch Trackpad which is featured in 13-inch MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook.
The update also brings 300 new diversified emoji, Spotlight suggestions, improved Wi-Fi performance, and support for Google 2-step verification when setting up accounts in System Preferences. You can check full details of the update here.
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