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Apple confirms Aperture for Mac won't be available after Photos is released

Apple has now confirmed that its current Aperture app for the Mac won't be available to purchase once the new Photos app is released to the public sometime later this spring. The Photos app was made available for OS 10.10.3 testers and developers last week.

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Photos for OS X isn't going to be a pro app — and that's okay

After the first developer beta of Photos was released last week along with OS X 10.10.3, I got a lot of questions about the app. Little questions, like "Can you still make books and cards?" (Yes.) But also big-picture questions. Is this the next generation of photo management? Will it be enough for prosumers? Do you think it can replace my aging professional workflow?

These are harder questions to answer, because, largely, your workflow is a very personal process. I can guess at what tools you might need, or file formats you want supported, but at the end of the day, only you can decide which features are must-haves and which omissions are deal-breakers.

But I can say one thing, definitively: Photos isn't designed to be a program for professional photography users. At least, not yet. Maybe not ever, but certainly not now.

What it is, however, is a wonderful entry point for new and experienced users alike who want to do more with their photographs. It may not have the power of the pro app — but that's rather the point.

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Photos for Mac first look: The future of ubiquitous photography approaches

At WWDC 2014, Apple showed off not just a new Photos for Mac app, but an entirely new approach to photo and video management. Combined with Photos for iOS 8 and iCloud Photo Library, it promised to store all your visual assets safely up on Apple's servers and make them available across all your devices — iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV — and via iCloud.com on the web. It also promised both speed, storing your most frequently accessed photos and videos locally and in full fidelity, and storage efficiency, leaving your less frequently accessed photos and videos on the cloud, a tap or click away.

More importantly, Apple promised all of this as a part of something greater — photos and videos as core components of the company's operating systems.

Now, some seven months later, Apple has seeded the first Photos for Mac beta to developers and testers. There will be a public beta at some point, and a full release this spring, so this is really just the tip of the Photos iceberg. But in the meantime, we've got an FAQ written by iMore's Serenity Caldwell to tide you over along with some of my first impressions, and an answer to the question we've been asking most — in a post-iPhoto, post-Aperture world, how well will modern Mac owners be served by the Photos app?

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New UXKit developer framework identified in Photos for Mac

Apple released 10.10.3 to developers today, offering up the first release of Photos for Mac, the long-awaited replacement for iPhoto. It's not available publicly yet — only to registered developers and others with access to Apple's development builds of OS X Yosemite, at this hour. But something's caught the eye of developers who have downloaded it.

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New Photos app for Mac beta included in OS X 10.10.3 developer preview

The all new Photos app for Mac, which Apple first announced and showed off at WWDC 2014, is now available as a developer beta, included in OS X 10.10.3.

The new Photos app has been made to replace the current iPhoto software for Mac. Apple has also posted more info on the new Photos app, which will be officially released sometime later this spring.

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République Remastered will show off its revamped graphics for the Mac Feb. 26

République Remastered, a graphically-revamped version of the acclaimed stealth action game, will make its way to the Mac on Feb. 26. The original version of the game, from developer Camouflaj, was first released for the iPhone and iPad back in December 2013.

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Comic: Blue Screen Dearest

Happy Saturday, iMore! Because Rich is awesome, he's letting us run some of his Mac-themed comics from the Diesel Sweeties archive on weekends. Bonus comics, woo! We hope you enjoy.

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Apple releases OS X 10.10.2 with fixes for Wi-Fi, Spotlight issues and more

Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to the public. This update is meant to fix a number of issues in Yosemite, including an issue that caused Wi-Fi to disconnect.

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Latest OS X 10.10.2 beta kills Google-disclosed vulnerabilities dead

Google's Project Zero research program has disclosed and released proof-of-concept code for a series of 0day — previously unknown — vulnerabilities found in Apple's OS X operating system for the Mac. These exploits are all fixed in OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, now in beta.

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Apple seeds new developer beta of OS X 10.10.2

Apple has released a new beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to developers. Apple is asking participants in this beta to focus on Wi-Fi, Mail, VoiceOver, and Bluetooth.

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