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Live Photos support for Messages App arrives with Mac OS X 10.11.4 Beta

Live Photos support for Messages App arrives with Mac OS X 10.11.4 Beta

by AshwinJanuary 15, 2016

Apple recently released a new version of its operating system for Mac machines, called the Mac OS X 10.11.4 Beta.

Live Photos Mac Messages App

The update was seeded to developers earlier this week, but there was one small problem.

The Cupertino company, did not provide a change-log for the update, much alike to its arch-rival in Redmond, aka Microsoft.The update did add some new features silently, and one of which has been spotted by users.

Support for Live Photos for Messages:

The Messages app in OS X El Capitan’s latest beta version, has gained support for Live Photos. If you aren’t aware of what it is, here is a brief recap.

Back in September 2015, Apple launched a couple of new mobiles, called the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. Alongside the launch of the devices, the company unveiled a new feature in them calle Live Photos, which work on both Mac OS X and iOS. These photos are like animated GIFs, but they aren’t really.

This is because, they are actually short videos (up to 3 seconds in length) shot with the Apple 6s or 6s Plus’ camera, and even includes the audio. They don’t look like GIFs, because they don’t autoplay by default, and only do so when the user clicks on the concentric circles icon.

Now, though OS X El Capitan has supported Live Photos since they debuted, the problem was that it was only viewable in the Photos App (which replaced iPhotos in April last year).

That is no longer the case anymore, thanks to native support for Live Photos, now available in the Messages App. So, now when you receive a Live Photo in your Mac’s Message app, you no longer have to open it through Photos. Simply click on it, and you will get a preview of it, in the app’s own built-in photo viewer. This should save a few seconds, and to be frank why Apple didn’t add this earlier is a mystery.

Click on the Live Photo icon, which will be displayed, and it should play the photo.

The only other feature change reported in the OS X 10.11.4 update, is that it adds support for password protected notes, in the Notes app.

It is unclear when the feature will be added to the general public version of OS X El Capitan. But Macrumors notes that Apple has confirmed that it will be releasing OS X 10.11.4  along with iOS 9.3, sometime in the spring of this year.