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It was good to see you use the phrase “you only have rudi­men­tary choices” in your ar­ti­cle on Pho­tos un­der Sierra ( MF304). This just about sums up where Ap­ple has gone wrong for me. How­ever, on the pre­vi­ous page about iCloud Drive it seems Ap­ple has learnt a les­son – not least from the num­ber of us who use a sen­si­ble ser­vice, such as Drop­box, in­stead– and now of­fers a fil­ing sys­tem peo­ple can use how they wish, in­stead of con­form­ing to Ap­ple’s some­times weird ways of do­ing things.

The new iCloud just might di­vert me (and my an­nual sub­scrip­tion) away from Drop­box, but by the sound of it Pho­tos will never win me over. Every time I see the word Mo­ments I re­solve to stick to iPhoto. In­tro­duc­ing the term Mem­o­ries just adds more nau­se­at­ing sugar-coated marsh­mal­low to the app that I for one just can’t bear! by DAVID PERRY

alan says … We can only sup­pose that re­search has shown this lan­guage makes a dif­fer­ence to ap­proach­a­bil­ity and learn­ing for any­one who might be wary of se­ri­ous-look­ing apps, even if largely in lan­guage. Mo­ments isn’t the most help­ful de­scrip­tor for its con­tents, though. Li­brary or Time­line might bet­ter ex­plain it in re­la­tion to Al­bums.

If you can for­give the nam­ings, the pos­i­tive thing about Mem­o­ries is that its cu­ra­tion is a great way to re­visit pho­tos with­out ef­fort. It’s mildly dis­ap­point­ing that its lat­est picks aren’t avail­able as a source for screen savers, though.

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