As the OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta has now been released to developers, media outlets can finally publish their opinions of the brand new Photos for OS X app. We’ve collated a number of the most interesting comments to give you an idea of what Photos for OS X is all about. The app combines aspects of Aperture and iPhoto into one experience.
Tech site, The Verge, gave the app a great review, noting that photo editing functionality has been vastly improved. Other comments include much better handling of large photo libraries as well as better syncing and sharing options. They also mentioned that the app is more suitable for beginners than professionals, but then again, this isn’t meant to be a pro app.
iPhoto was never one of Apple’s most beloved products. Every year, it seemed slower and less connected to the phone — the place where most photos are taken. Photos for OS X does a lot of things right, but mostly it’s just fast and tightly integrated with your other devices. It feels like a big step forward, even if feels overdue.
Similarly, Wired, gave a glowing review of Photos for OS X, going as far as to say the app was a “vast improvement’ over iPhoto. Built in photo editing tools received particular praise and comments about Photos being more suitable for beginners were heard again.
Advanced users, particularly those operating on 5K iMacs or Mac Pros, may be happier eventually switching to Adobe Lightroom—though most of them probably have done so already. But for most of us, particularly recent Mac converts and people who may not fancy themselves serious photographers, Photos is a welcomely humble way to approach image editing.
Re/code also had nothing bad to say about the new app. They mentioned Photos for OS X as being a “huge improvement” over iPhoto. Seemless iCloud integration and easy to use editing tools received particular praise. Much like the rest of the reviewers, the app was again noted as being better for beginners.
While Photos offers some advanced settings like white balance and level, it lacks some of the professional-level tools found in Aperture. For example, it doesn’t have brushable or curve adjustments and doesn’t support splitting and merging libraries. And you can’t add custom metadata fields in the app.
Again, Photos for OS X received great praise from The Wall Street Journal. Photos was complemented for being much less confusing than it’s predecessor iPhoto, thanks to it’s cloud based approach. It also found performance to be much snappier than iPhoto.
If you choose to turn it on, all of your Apple devices feed all their full-resolution photos into iCloud, making them all available over the Internet to the Photos apps on all your Apple devices. […] You can see the advantage to all this when you edit photos. With iCloud, any change you make on one device will show up moments later everywhere else.
Finally, Yahoo Tech, mentioned that Photos for OS X will be a familiar, yet improved, experience for most Mac users. Power users will also be impressed with the photo editing tools. The review did note negatively, however, that some features of iPhoto and Aperture have been given up, and that you may not wish to upgrade in a hurry.
If you’re happy with iPhoto and Aperture now, you should feel no hurry to switch over when Photos comes out this spring (as part of the free Yosemite 10.10.3 update), unless you want that iCloud Photo Library feature. Which would be understandable. […] Someday, yes, there will be some OS X version that can’t run today’s iPhoto and Aperture at all. But that’s years away. In those years, Apple has plenty of time to bring Photos’ feature list up to code, and you can freely keep using iPhoto and/or Aperture and Photos, side-by-side on the same Mac.
The general consensus is that Photos for OS X is a large improvement over iPhoto. However, some features from Aperture are missing and it may not be suitable for professional users. Photos for OS X will be available as a public beta soon. The free Yosemite update including the final version of the app is scheduled for Spring.