OS X Yosemite: Apple’s new Photos app explained

“Photos for iOS 8 brings significant enhancements to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, including the new iCloud Photo Library, favorites, smart search, smart editing, custom photo and sharing extensions, and PhotoKit so developers can get in on al the action,” Rene Ritchie reports for iMore. “Apple announced it at WWDC 2014, and then they did something unexpected — they announced Photos would also be coming to the Mac. Rebuilt from pixel to bit, Photos for Mac won’t arrive with OS X Yosemite this fall, but will arrive sometime early next year.”

“Come early next year, you’ll be able to migrate your existing Aperture library to the new Photos app for Mac. When you migrate, all your albums, folders, keywords, and captions will move from Aperture to Photos. All the non-destructuve edits you’ve applied to your Aperture photos will be preserved in Photos, and preserved non-destructively,” Ritchie reports. “Likewise, if you use iPhoto, you’ll be able to migrate your library over to the new Photos app as well.”

“Apple is [also] introducing iCloud Photo Library. Built on their new CloudKit service, iCloud Photo Library will make sure every picture and video you take, import, save, or otherwise bring into Photos is synced to all of your Apple devices, including iCloud.com, along with its organizational information and any and all non-destructive edits you’ve applied to it,” Ritchie reports. “What’s more, all your pictures and videos will be stored (and backed up) on Apple’s servers, at full resolution, in its original format — including RAW. ”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.


  1. My Mac is full of all those ‘faces’ taken from every photo on the drive and no matter how much I try, they keep returning and seemingly multiplying on my HD.
    I wish there was a way to scan the entire HD to find all the bloody things and delete them once and for all !

    1. Faces are simply a thumbnail image contained within your iPhoto library that points to the original image. If your hard drive is “full” of those ‘faces’ your hard drive was already full.

      You can type in a Terminal Command to disable face detection.

      Do a Google search on “disable face detection iPhoto”.

      Hopefully Photos offers the ability to disable Faces, so we don’t have to use Terminal commands.

      1. I know about disabling, the poblem has been replacing / upgrading computers using time machine backup which appears to have generated more copies and thousands of thumbnails – so whatis needed is a way of culling the thumbnails.
        Many years ago there was a PC program called Thumbs +
        It scanned your HD and gave you a threaded structure of colour coded folders indicating pictures/images/gifs etc. it was brilliant for clearing image crud from your HD – I’ve never seen anything as good for the Mac ecosphere.

        1. It sounds like your goal is to manage iPhoto and Time Machine in a manner in which they were purposely engineered not to be managed. If you start messing with items within your iPhoto library you can (likely will) mess things up. This is why some people choose not to use iPhoto. This is also why Apple hides the library files from users.

          The same goes for Time Machine. Let it do it’s thing and leave it alone. If you’re concerned with TimeMachine back-ups taking up too much space, don’t have it back up your photos. You can partition your hard drive to limit how much space your Time Machine backup can take on the drive. You can also manually export your Photos out of iPhoto need be (without the thumbnails).

          You’re wanting to take the automation out of 2 programs that were designed to be automated. Perhaps Photos will offer us the ability to manage things in a different manner.

          You can look at programs like SuperDuper, Carbon Copy Cloner or numerous others if you need more flexibility and manual management, than Time Machine offers.

  2. I sure as heck hope the new Photos app works better with larger libraries than iPhoto does. I even purchased Aperture a very few months ago in the hopes of getting better performance with my two large photo libraries. Aperture was a bust that I quickly gave up on even after shelling out the $80. I see the beach ball way too much in either of my two libraries, and that’s with a 2.6 GHz i7 processor with 16GB RAM. Not happy in this regard.

    1. My photo machine is a 2011 27″ iMac with a 3.1GHz i5 and 16GB of RAM. Aperture is holding 83,611 photos as of this morning, constituting 1.02TB on disk. 90% of those are RAW images at 30MB each; another 7% or so are Photoshop edited versions of those, so even larger. The last time I was experiencing lots of beach balling, I ended up checking System Profiler and saw the S.M.A.R.T. status of my drive was “Failing” – so I ensured my backups were good and got a new drive in there pronto.

      1. jt016, thanks for the input and the recap of your experiences! My SSD does check out okay, and has plenty of space left as well. So I’m good there. I am on a MacBook Pro, and that could make a difference as well, as from what I know all other things being equal, an iMac will always run faster than a notebook. But again, thank you very much for your response and caring enough to answer me.

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