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Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 with Photos app, new emojis, and more

Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 with Photos app, new emojis, and more

by AshwinApril 8, 2015

Apple has released the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update for all users.


The update had been in beta for a while, and marks the official debut of the new Photos app.

The Photos app was originally announced at the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in June 2014, but has only been made available almost a year later.

The Photos app will allow you to browse through your photo albums easily through various tabs (Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects) and viewing options (Moments, Collections, and Years) . The app stores your images and videos in their original format and resolution the iCloud Photo Library. It has cross device synchronization with iCloud accounts, i.e,  you can use the iCloud Library from any Apple device (Mac, iPod, iPad, or iPhone) directly from the device’s web browser. You can enable sync by navigation to Photos > Preferences > iCloud.

The app also boasts some powerful editing tools, and also lets you create pro-looking photo books. It is an all-in one media viewing and editing suite. The app stores the library on the Pictures folder by default, and is compatible with libraries made with iPhoto 8.0 and above.

Speaking of which, the photo management apps, iPhoto and Aperture, have been discontinued in favour of Photos. You will still find both apps in your Applications folder, if you previously had the apps installed on your Mac. However, any changes made to files using either apps will no be reflect in the Photos app, and vice-versa. The Photos app is now the default image viewer app.

For more details to learn how to use the Photos app, visit the official page.

The Yosemite update adds over 300 new Emoji, which also includes many racially diverse characters. Look Up, the gesture based search feature, now displays suggestions from Spotlight, which includes results from iTunes. Apple has updated its broswer Safari by patching some bugs. Website favicon URLs will no longer be saved in a private browsing session. The browser has also received some improvements to make it more stable and secure.

The performance and connectivity of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have been improved, as has the reliability of screen sharing.

Apple has fixed more security issues under the hood, and has also made improvements for enterprise customers as well.

You can update your machine to the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 from the Updates pane, in the Mac App Store. A standalone installer for the update will be made available at the downloads page on Apple’s support website. This should be handy if you are looking to update more than one machine.