Macworld UK reviews Photos for Mac: Makes iPhoto seem like a bad nightmare

“Photos stands defiantly on the smouldering heap not only iPhoto but also Apple’s enthusiast/pro-level Aperture product,” Keir Thomas writes for Macworld UK.

“Put simply, performance is perhaps were the most effort has been invested by Apple. If you hate waiting around then it might be the killer feature involved in your switch from iPhoto,” Thomas writes. “Put simply, performance is perhaps were the most effort has been invested by Apple. If you hate waiting around then it might be the killer feature involved in your switch from iPhoto.”

“Photos is like a younger, hip sibling of iPhoto and brings the Mac up to date with Apple’s existing vision of photo management already seen on iOS,” Thomas writes. “For basic to moderate photo management, and quick image tweaking, Photos is both very usable and shows a lot of promise for upcoming versions.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’re thankful every day that iPhoto has gone the way of the dodo.


  1. Am I the only one that misses iPhoto? I feel that the new Photos is slower and less intuitiv than iPhoto. Admitted, my Mac is 4 years old, but still iPhoto juggled my 20000 + photos pretty snappily compared to the sluggishness I’m getting from Photos. I’ve maxed out my ram at 16 GB, and still not good. I know iPhotos is in the Applications folder, but I want to give Photos a fair try before I make my decision one way or the other.

      1. I agree, try keeping your photos on multiple drives and you’ll feel the pain with the new Photos app. Can’t view them in screensaver anymore and there’s not enough internal hard drive space on my new Mac Pro!

    1. I miss it too 🙁
      I still don’t get how to see sort events. Yesterday, I was trying to add some photos from one event to an old album and it was a nigthmare.

  2. Photos is a fine update for iPhoto, but still less than impressive. I’m not thanking Apple for obsolescing Aperture and totally disrupting my photo editing and storage.

  3. The article didn’t explain at all what happens when you import your iPhoto library. Does it keep the iPhoto events and put them into folders? Or does it just import all the photos and you’re left with the task of reorganizing 10s of thousands of photos?

    1. Photos takes your iPhoto events and puts them into a folder called “iPhoto Events” The events are ordered in oldest first, and I can’t figure out how to get the newest pics/events first

  4. While Photos is somewhat faster and does a nice job of syncing across multiple devices, it is VERY feature poor and despite being a so-called update/replacement, it does not match the tools available in iPhotos (e.g., ability to inset geotag info). Consequently, I’ve stuck with iPhoto and Aperture for the moment while I investigate non-Apple software solutions.

    I’m frustrated that Apple has ‘dumbed-down’ so much of their software solutions. Apple is rapidly abandoning any user that requires anything more than a very basic tool set. Keynote, which I used to use extensively, is another example of lost features, less flexibility, and ultimately less utility. I’m now back to Powerpoint for my University lectures.

    Mac user since 1985. I love the hardware trends but hate the current software trends.

    1. Photos’ inability to “hide” specific photos within an album is a real downgrade. All hidden photos get transferred to one “hidden” album and must then be deleted from the source album. For instance, photographs from a European beach vacation that might be considered inappropriate for showing work colleagues now have to be divorced from the rest of the album for that vacation, instead of being hidden on an individual basis. Even worse, those photos are still visible in many other views. And if you want to show someone those photos, they then get to see the entire “hidden” album.
      iPhotos gave clues that some photos in an album were hidden, but Photos’ way of hiding is horrible.

    2. Agreed. Apparently you can’t edit location data in Photos, including getting rid of wrong data. And Photos makes location prominent in the UI (compared to iPhoto), which makes wrong locations very annoying. Since I never edited in iPhoto, I’m looking for a simple repository as a replacement. Someone elsewhere suggested the free “Growly Photo”; I’m considering it.

      iOS-ification strikes again.

  5. The Faces function is totally broken, useless and unintuitive. It was much easier in iPhoto, if you care about faces.

    Can’t delete multiple faces (that you don’t want or care about) at once, have to do it one-by-one. Hey, there are 35 faces I’m having to delete one at a time!

    The “Help” has so little information, a search for “faces” yields nothing useful.

    Just one example of many. More of the new, teensie weensie, flat controls and fonts that give mouse strain to a person who works on their Mac all day.

    It’s been dumbed down way too far for me.

    As the original Apple “fan boy” I am finding more and more that Apple is going astray, losing their mojo. Just my opinion. I don’t want or expect my Mac to operate exactly like my iPad, Microsoft learned that mistake.

  6. I feel it germane to point out that while Aperture is effectively EOL, it won’t stop the software working for the foreseeable future.

    I will continue to use it until something better comes along (and that ain’t Lightroom!).


    1. I’ve already checked out CaptureOne and it looks like it will do a good job. Bummer about all the adjustments I made to thousands of photos. They won’t all translate to CaptureOne, or Photos for that matter.

      While Aperture may work for the moment, there is absolutely no guarantee that it will still be working 15 minutes from now.

      For anyone who relied on Aperture, Apple’s offhand announcement of end of development last year was as good as saying abandon ship right now while you can.

    2. Indeed it works fine–for now. What if in the next update or two of the system OS, it stops working? Tough luck. And of course as time goes on, it’ll work less and less well. I have 20,000 plus professional photos loaded in my Aperture library, tons with a lot of retouching work. For about the last decade my professional photography work has been done primarily on Aperture (with PS to tweak what can’t be done in Aperture). To have a professional product simply disappear is reprehensible. Photos is meh, but I don’t care. I used iPhoto to store my personal stuff, and it worked fine for that. If the cloud features of Photos ever starts to work, it’ll be a fine replacement for iPhoto. The trouble, and tragedy, is Aperture. Boo, Apple.

    3. I don’t get the hate on Lightroom. I was at the 2006 PMA show when Apple and Adobe were both showing off beta versions of their new software. Even in its first beta form Lightroom’s workflow just made more sense for me. Plus I liked that it was cross-platform because I was still a few weeks away from getting my first Mac.

      With Apple’s complete abandonment of the pro photography market I made the right choice. Lightroom is the most feature-complete tool for photographers who just need to enhance their photos, and its learning curve is nowhere near as steep as Photoshop’s.

      Screw the monthly payment to Adobe – buy a copy of Lightroom then upgrade every 2nd or 3rd version for about $80.

      1. How is it not intended to be? Did Apple not release it as a replacement for both Aperture and iPhoto? Have they not announced exactly that? Have they also not announced that they are no longer supporting, developing for, or upgrading Aperture? Sounds like it was intended as a replacement.

        If you mean that Apple didn’t intend for Photos to have the features of the application it was intended to replace, and therefore has yet again cut functionality from its software offerings and told the affected to go pound sand, then you should be able to sympathize with the sentiment that DavGreg offered.

  7. Photos is near worthless as a true photo management tool. I have to wonder WHAT reviewers (as well as the MacDailyNews Take) are actually basing their almost universally positive reviews on. Yes, it now syncs across devices, but it does not do anything new (outside of syncing) and in fact actually does much less.

    What are these reviewers actually thinking and evaluating!?!

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