Apple has recently released the open beta for their OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to the public, after a month long registered developer test period. The most notable change in the coming update is the re-haul of iPhoto, with the app’s name being changed to just ‘Photos’.
The beta will available to any Mac user who had registered with the OS X Beta Program, which was released nearly a year ago to test updates for OS X Maverick’s, and then to test the then-new Yosemite.
After the positive results of the program, Apple decided to keep it going after Yosemite launched last October.
Back to Photos, it’s the biggest addition and change coming in the 10.3.3 update to Yosemite. iPhoto has often been criticized for it’s awkward interface and even more confusing cloud integration. Apple is choosing to continue with moving all the apps closer in resemblance to their iOS counterparts, as Photos looks very much like it’s iOS cousin of the same name.
It’s strange that it took this long for Apple to streamline the iCloud connection between Yosemite’s photo app and online storage. The new update will allow users to easily manage their photos between their computer, phone, and tablet (as long as they are all Apple products, that is). iCloud will also allow for instant updates of photo alterations and also for sharing.
Now, this is not all great as iCloud offers very limited space and a pretty outrageous price for only 1TB of storage – $240 a year – while other cloud services such as Dropbox and and Amazon charge around $100 for unlimited storage. Users can, if they want, opt out of the iCloud Photo Library and just store the files on their computer and backup of choice.
Apple is hinting at an April release of the Yosemite 10.3.3 update, and also plans to stop Aperture, its professional-grade photo editor and manager.
– IT Consulting Denver –