Apple has just released OS X 10.10.3 with an all-new Photos app, and is available as a free update to Mac users. The Photos app, which has been in the works for the best part of a year, is the main talking point, and you can catch all of the key details after the break.

Touted as the successor to both iPhoto and Aperture, the Photos app is a modernized experience much more in-keeping with Apple’s recent software arrangements. With OS X Yosemite having borrowed much of its appearance from iOS, OS X 10.10.3’s Photos app has done likewise with iOS Photos, and if you take pleasure in the process of editing and organizing your snaps, then you’ll want to snag this update at the soonest opportunity.

It was back in June, at the Worldwide Developers’ Conference of last year that the new Photos app was first unveiled, and after ten long months of fine tuning, it has been deemed ready for prime time. Sure, it includes a number of features that users will have accustomed themselves to with Aperture and iPhoto, but at the same time, it’s a complete revamp that has been constructed from the ground up.

In essence, Photos is a pro-level tool that can also be used by general consumers, and where most springtime OS X software updates tend to be rudimentary at best, Photos is a glaring reason to grab OS X 10.10.3 in this instance.

With the iCloud Photo Library being part and parcel of the Photos experience, it too has shaken off its beta tag amid this launch, so you can easily access your treasured snaps and images across all of your devices.

The complete changelog – as per the Mac App Store – of the update is as follows:

As aforementioned, OS X 10.10.3 is completely free of charge, and can be availed via the Updates sections of the Mac App Store. We’re downloading and installing it right now on one of our Macs, and will take a closer look at what’s new before reporting back. Should we find any glaring bugs or interesting, hidden tweaks, we’ll be sure to share them with you, and if you happen to stumble across anything worth shouting about, do leave a comment below.

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