New Mac OS X Yosemite public beta introduces Photos app

Apple has released the latest public beta for the Mac OS X Yosemite software, giving testers their first chance to get to grips with the new Photos app.

Cupertino dropped Mac OS X 10.10.3 on Monday, complete with the image editing and management tool designed to replace the iPhoto and Aperture apps.

On first glance (via MacRumors) the Photos app appears to borrow heavily from the iOS app for iPhone and iPad, with the option to view photos in collections, moments and years.

The design more in tune with the Yosemite OS, while it also features iCloud library sharing, enabling access to all photos on all devices.

The Photos app offers editing tools that appear to improve on Apple’s iPhoto, but doesn’t offer the depth appreciated by fans of the soon-to-be-retired Aperture software.

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Elsewhere within the beta, Apple has introduced the new multi-cultural emoji keyboards with skin tone options. There’s also a greater range of flags to choose from.

The newest beta version is available to download form the Mac App Store for those who’ve signed up for the public testing program.

You can check out a preview of the Photos app in the video below. The final version of the software is set to arrive in a Yosemite update this spring.

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