An Associated Press review of Apple’s brand new Photos app for Mac suggests it will be available today inside a public release of OS X 10.10.3. Apple has been testing the update since early February, so a public debut certainly seems due.
According to AP’s Anick Jesdanun, Photos is an impressive iPhoto replacement, with plenty of editing tools that will provide casual photographers with almost everything they need to touch up their images before printing or sharing them.
“If you already use Photos on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll see many similarities,” Jesdanun writes.
“Images are organized automatically, partly using location information embedded in the pictures. You can also view photos on a map. The Mac’s app goes further in using face-detection technology to group photos by the people in them.”
Jesdanun was particularly impressed by Photos’ auto-enhancing feature, which quickly fixes images with one click, but points out that Photos also boasts some advanced fine-tuning features that you would usually find in a paid app like Adobe Lightroom.
Jesdanun also praised iCloud Photo Library, which brings all of your images together in one place, regardless of whether they were taken on an iPhone, iPad, or a digital camera and then imported into Photos.
Of course, of all these things will already be familiar to those who have been testing Photos inside of Apple’s OS X 10.10.3 betas. But those who have been waiting for its public release should soon be able to get their hands on it.
According to Jesdanun, Photos will be “available Wednesday as a free software update.”
Given that this is a review from the Associated Press, we have no reason to doubt it. With that in mind, keep an eye on the Mac App Store for Apple’s free OS X 10.10.3 update today.