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Pho­tos be­comes more use­ful for the most com­mon tasks of search­ing and dis­play­ing

Ap­ple says it brought the new Mem­o­ries fea­ture to macOS to turn your shots into un­for­get­table

ex­pe­ri­ences. Well, it’s a lit­tle overdue. Pho­tos on the Mac has been a lit­tle un­der­whelm­ing to date. Most of us use it, but we hardly ever think it’s the com­plete ex­pe­ri­ence it should be. Pho­tos in Sierra at least takes two steps to­wards mak­ing us feel like it’s more like the app you may have ex­pected to get in the first place.

Pho­tos be­comes more use­ful for the most com­mon tasks of search­ing and dis­play­ing your pic­tures in creative ways. With its ‘ma­chine learn­ing’ tech, not only does Pho­tos have bet­ter face recog­ni­tion – re­mem­ber how hit and miss it used to be? – but it can also iden­tify places and pets! What that boils down to is a much im­proved way to search your ever-ex­pand­ing li­brary.

We take a lot of shots on iPhone, each con­tain­ing lots of in­for­ma­tion. Pho­tos in Sierra puts that data to much bet­ter use to au­to­mat­i­cally group your shots from a cer­tain lo­ca­tion or with par­tic­u­lar sub­jects in Al­bums.

Then there’s Mem­o­ries, a way for the app to as­sem­ble re­lated im­ages in short movies. You pick a style, choose some mu­sic, and then let an al­go­rithm go to work on mak­ing a slideshow with no ef­fort from your side.

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