Apple Releases Photos App for Mac and OS X 10.10.3

Apple released OS X 10.10.3 on Wednesday, an update that includes the long-awaited Photos app. Photos replaces Apple's popular iPhoto software, as well as the company's professional software, Aperture. The update also includes new Emoji characters, adds Spotlight suggestions to Look Up, improves Wi-Fi, and more.

Apple's patch notes:

About this update

The OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 update includes the new Photos app and improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.

With Photos you can:

  • 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 with your 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

It’s easy to upgrade your iPhoto library to Photos - just open the app to get started. To learn more about Photos, visit:

This update also includes the following improvements:

  • 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 Wi-Fi performance and connectivity in various usage scenarios
  • Improves compatibility with captive Wi-Fi network environments
  • Fixes an issue that might cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect
  • Improves screen sharing reliability

The update can be downloaded through the Mac App Store. Apple said it will also have a standalone update on its Downloads site, but it has not been added as of this writing.

The security patch notes have also not been released—we will cover that in a separate article when they become available.