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Apple Photos for OS X release date rumours and Q&A: Photos for Mac 'may launch tonight'

Karen Haslam | March 11, 2015
Apple announced a brand-new Photos app for Mac OS X alongside Yosemite, but we're been waiting a long time to get our hands on the new Photos app. Luckily Apple has now released a beta version, so in this feature we look at the beta version of the new Photos app and its new features and enhancements, and weigh up the clues and rumours about its final release date.

Alongside all the new features found in Mac OS X Yosemite, Apple promised us a brand-new app for OS X called Photos. Photos for OS X will provide all the features of Photos for iOS, which arrived with iOS 8 last September, to Mac users.

The most recent beta version of Yosemite, released at the beginning of February, included Photos for Mac, so it would appear that the final version will be ready soon. Indeed, Apple has even let some public testers get their hands on the beta version of Photos. With this in mind we expect that Photos for Mac will be one of Apple's launches at the 9 March Apple Watch event [Watch the Apple Watch event live here] .

Photos for OS X will bring powerful editing tools that are simple to use as well as the ability to sync all your images to iCloud.

In this article we've been rounding up the Photos for Mac rumours, details of the key new features in the software, and we seek to answer all your questions about Photos for Mac. Check back regularly, because we will update this article with new information as soon as it appears.

Read our Yosemite tips for beginners and Yosemite tips for pros

Photos for Mac OS X release date rumours

When can we expect Photos for Mac OS X to become available to UK consumers?

When Apple's Craig Federighi introduced Photos alongside Mac OS X Yosemite at Apple's WWDC 2014 conference, he didn't give a launch date but Federighi did say: "It's going to be shipping early next year [2015]".

Back then we estimated that it would arrive before the end of the second quarter of FY 2015 (that's before 31 March 2015), and that seems to tally up nicely with Apple's Apple Watch event scheduled for the 9 March.

It seems likely that Apple will use this 9 March event to report the availability of the new app.

Read: Best image editing apps for Mac

Photos for Mac OS X: Specs

Photos for Mac will require Yosemite so the spec requirements will be the same.

The following Macs are able to run Yosemite:

iMac (Mid-2007 or newer)MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)Xserve (Early 2009)

The Mac version of Photos will be almost identical to the iPhoto and iPad version.

Photos for Mac OS X: Interface

Photos is a new app for Mac OS X designed by Apple. It is designed to replace iPhoto, currently the primary way for most people to view and edit images on a Mac. (The arrival of Photos for Mac will also see the demise of Aperture, but Photos is not a replacement for that professional level application).


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