About two months after Apple began seeding OS X 10.10.3 and the all-new Photos app to developers, it has release both to the public. While this third Yosemite update does offer new emoji, emoji picker and a host of bug fixes and tweaks, the big deal this time around is Apple’s iPhoto + Aperture replacement, Photos.
OS X 10.10.3 (free)
— Adds over 300 new Emoji characters
— Adds Spotlight suggestions to Look up
— Prevents Safari from saving website favicon URLs used in Private Browsing
— Improves stability and security in Safari
— Improves WiFi performance and connectivity in various usage scenarios
— Improves compatibility with captive Wi-Fi network environments
— Fixes an issue that may cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect
— Improves screen sharing reliability
See also: iOS 8.3 Brings Emoji, CarPlay, Passbook Updates, More
Aside from the most remarked new features in OS X 10.10.3 are the 300+ new ethnically diverse Mac emoji and new emoji picker. Additionally, Apple has taken yet another stab at correctly issues with Safari, Mail and WiFi performance.
Photos: The Bigger Part Of OS X 10.10.3
Although it currently lacks most prosumer let alone professional photo editing and/or management functionality, Photos is Apple’s replacement for both the consumer Photos and high-end Aperture apps. That said, Apple’s Mac developer and public Apple Seed testers both agree that Photos is an able and stable (video below) replacement for iPhoto — here’s hoping they quickly photo functionality a la Aperture.
Photos 1.0 For OS X (free)
— 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
Photos 1.0 is installed as part of the OS X 10.10.3. Like love and marriage, which go together like a horse and carriage, Apple is adament that Photos and OS X 10.10.3 can’t be separated.
Are you loving Photos? Has OS X 10.10.3 solved your Safari, Mail and/or WiFi problems?
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