Apple loves introducing or standardizing some new technology, persuading us to use it—and then abandoning it the minute a better tech comes along. Even if it’s incompatible with what we’ve grown used to. (The floppy drive, CD burner, 30-pin iPhone connector, the original iMovie…)
Now, Apple has done it again. It has replaced the beloved but aging iPhoto with a completely new Mac app called Photos, which comes with El Capitan.
The first question is: Why?
Because, Apple says, times have changed in the 13 years since iPhoto first came along. We capture a lot more with our phones now, and that involves much more than plain old stills: square photos, panoramas, slow-motion videos, time-lapse videos, burst-mode sets, and so on.
And we have a lot more gadgets now. Mac, phone, tablet. And here’s the biggest, baddest, best part of Photos: iCloud Photo Library. That’s free, automatic, real-time syncing of your entire photo library, including edits and organization, across all your Apple gadgets.
Photos is meant to look, feel, and work exactly like Photos on the iPhone/iPad. For example, Photos automatically groups your photos into sets that are easy to navigate (Figure 10-30).
The slider at top left controls the size of the thumbnails.
Figure 10-30. Whenever you’re looking at a grid of tiny thumbnail images (in a Year, Collection, or Moment), hold your mouse down within the batch. ...