Apple earlier today sent out emails to users to test-drive OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Public Beta with Photos. The all new Photos app for OS X is a successor to iPhoto, which has been a part of iLife suite of apps since 2002.
Photos for OS X aims to simplify the photo management software for the Mac and bring compatibility with photos app for iOS 8. Starting today users can register for the public beta program and download OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 which includes the Photos app.
iPhoto will continue to run on Yosemite however, don’t expect any future enhancements or updates.
You are advised to backup your computer before installing the public beta. Generally you should run beta software only on a test machine. You can find out what can happen if you don’t backup your data here. Yosemite public beta corrupted my 2010 iMac hard disk which ultimately resulted in me buying the latest Retina MacBook Pro.
The overall look and feel of the Photos app for OS X closely resembles the app for iOS 8. The app also brings cloud storage for all your photos. Apple offers 5 GB of storage free to all users however, for many users upgrading to a higher storage tier will be a must.
One of the best features in the new app is that your photo edits will be synced in the cloud. Make an edit on your iPhone and they will appear the same on your Mac.
Have you downloaded the public beta yet? Do you like the new Photos app for OS X? Let us know what you think in the comments below.