Something that’s been popping up lately for my clients is: What happened to iPhoto? It’s a good question, indeed.
What happened is that with the very latest OS X upgrade — Yosemite version 10.10.3 — Apple introduced their new replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture, called simply Photos, like the app already on your iPad or iPhone. If iPhoto was in your dock, it is replaced by the new Photos app.
The new Photos app has pros and cons. The upsides is that it has better photo editing tools, supports larger libraries, and offers iCloud Photo Library, which is the long sought after holy grail: the ability to have photo libraries synchronized across all your devices and computers. The downside is that many find it less intuitive to use (particularly if you relied on iPhoto’s date organization), and in some cases is slow and buggy.
When you first open Photos, it imports everything from your iPhoto library (though in a way that doesn’t occupy more disk space), and creates a new Photos library. From that point onward, anything you do in Photos won’t appear in iPhoto, and anything you do in iPhoto won’t appear in Photos. It’s a one-time copy. The first thing you’ll probably want to do is choose “Show Sidebar” from the View menu so you can see all of your folders that were in iPhoto.
iPhoto is not removed from your system. It’s still in your Applications folder. However, if it wasn’t already updated to version 9.6.1, it will have a big “do not” icon superimposed on it and you can’t open it, which makes it seem as though it’s gone forever. However, you can get it back by:
- Delete iPhoto from your Applications folder
- Open the Mac App Store
- Don’t search for iPhoto. It’s not in the Mac App Store any more. Instead, click on Purchased at the top, and it should appear on the list of applications. Click Install and it will be put back in your Applications folder.
So, feel free to try out Photos — if it isn’t to your liking, at least yet, you can always go back to iPhoto — just remember that anything you do in one won’t be reflected in the other.