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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Public Beta With Photos App Now Available

Apple today made a pre-release version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 available to those who are signed up for the company's OS X public beta program, giving them early access to the new update and the new Photos for OS X app.

The public beta carries a build number of 14D87p, a slightly later build number than the 14D87h from the second developer beta of the software, released last week.

All registered public beta test members should be able to download OS X Yosemite through the Mac App Store.

OS X 10.10.3 includes access to the new Photos app, which is designed to serve as a replacement for Aperture and iPhoto. Early reviews have suggested the new software improves upon iPhoto, but leaves out many power features Aperture users have become accustomed to.

Along with the Photos app, OS X 10.10.3 also includes a redesigned single-page emoji picker that's organized into categories, and it introduces new diversified emoji and emoji skin tone modifiers. There are also new flag emoji for many countries, and some updates to existing emoji to better reflect Apple products -- the watch emoji is now an Apple Watch, the cell phone resembles an iPhone 6, and the computer is an iMac.

Smaller additions in OS X 10.10.3 include support for Google 2-step verification when setting up accounts in System Preferences.

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53 months ago
Finally, that wonky thumbnail view which resembles a corrupt analog signal can be mine!
Rating: 27 Votes
53 months ago

Did anyone else get this email?

Since when has it been a public beta??!

Really? You're posting this in a thread labeled:
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Public Beta With Photos App Now Available
Rating: 16 Votes
53 months ago
Ugh, is a white background the only choice? Last week I complimented Microsoft on the black backgrounds on the new Windows 10 Photos app beta. Based on the video preview it looks like Apple has gone to ugly, white backgrounds. Bright white around photos does not work well.
Rating: 12 Votes
53 months ago
Good luck AppleCare, you poor bastards.
Rating: 10 Votes
53 months ago
If, like me you were a beta tester but reinstalled a fresh copy at release of Yosemite, you can go here and download the beta test utility to be able to download betas again from the app store.

Thought this might be useful for some.
Rating: 8 Votes
53 months ago
Been looking forward to this Photo app for months. Get my pictures into iCloud and such.
Rating: 7 Votes
53 months ago
Finder version is even higher than OS X version. I've never seen this before.
Rating: 6 Votes
53 months ago
Could anybody please check if geotagging has made its way into Photos app? Not viewing map and already geotagged photos, but actually adding/changing location data.
Rating: 5 Votes
53 months ago

I'm real disappointed, is this all? It's sort of re-make of something bad from the beginning, just adding some small features and sort of new design..That's it!

What about using same photo library within multiple users on a network? What about taking Aperture to next level???

Apple is getting to become a slow company and they will regret it soon ...

Comments like this always surprise me. Do folks really not see the long view? iPhoto had a decade run. is laying the groundwork for the next decade.

Photos 1.0 may not be for you and that's fine, keep using iPhoto or Aperture. I suspect with the new app Apple will be able to more rapidly iterate than they ever could with iPhoto. Maybe Photos 1.5 or 2.0 will do everything you want.
Rating: 5 Votes
53 months ago
Just downloaded. Photos app read my 160gb external hard drive Aperture library in about 25 minutes. Photos app is pretty good, compared to my slow iPhoto library. Even on the external drive it's VERY fast! Went ahead and upgraded my iCloud to 200GB/$3.99 month. Finally nice to have easy access to ALL my photos on every device. Very happy so far!
Rating: 5 Votes

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