Apple has just seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.3 to developers, asking them test a number of tweaks and improvements, but most importantly, asking them to test the newly included Photos app – the iPhoto replacement that has apparently been heavily delayed.
Photos is set to be the all-out replacement for iPhoto, the app Apple introduced in the early 2000s as part of its ‘digital hub’ strategy. That was the concept that the Mac would become the centre of someone’s digital life, in that you would sync your iPod, your camcorder and your camera with your Mac acting as the central hub between all of the devices.
Of course, that isn’t the case these days, with the cloud having essentially taken that place of the hub. So Photos will essentially be the iPhoto of the cloud, tying in with Apple’s (currently in beta) iCloud Photos providing easy sync between Mac and iOS devices.
Developers are the only ones with access so far, with registered public testers possibly getting a chance to access it soon.