Living the iLıfe
So, a month after introducing OS X 10.10 Yosemite to the world at WWDC, Apple has dropped its first big bombshell for Mac owner. Yosemite will ditch the tried and trusted iPhoto and Aperture apps in favour of a combined Photos app. Experience tells me this going to be a disaster in its initial phase. Look at the evidence. When Apple started again from scratch with iMovie, we got an underpowered and half-finished version of the app. The same thing happened when it re-imagined Final Cut X, too.
It took the new iMovie a good couple of years to regain all the missing features through updates. The same thing will happen with Photos. Oh, it’ll do all the basics of course, like remove Red Eye, brighten up photos and store them in a library. But I
Yosemite will ditch the tried and trusted iPhoto and Aperture apps in favour of a combined Photos app
guarantee there will be at least one feature you currently find essential in iPhoto or Aperture that it will lack.
And while iPhoto and Aperture have some similarities, they work in very different ways. I don’t think that Apple will stop you using the existing versions of iPhoto or Aperture though – they’ll just stop supporting them with updates. Over time they’ll become more and more unstable.
I’d suggest that when you get Yosemite, by all means check out the new Photos app, but don’t dive straight in and make it your main photo storage app. Make sure you’ve still got your old copies of iPhoto and Aperture somewhere in your Applications folder, and wait a year for Photos to find its feet.