OS X has been undergoing a gradual process of iOS-ification ever since Lion was released last year, and that process will continue with this year’s Mountain Lion. A new rumor states, however, that it won’t end there, and iPhoto ’12 will be packed with features lifted from iPhoto for iOS when it is released on the Mac App Store this summer.
The report comes from Belgian Apple site Apple Weetjes, who claims that the new iPhoto will be heavily inspired by iPhoto for iOS, specifically in the way it handles photo retouching.
Another major change will be that photo albums that previously shared to MobileMe will now be replaced with the ability to create iCloud photo journals, as in iPhoto for iOS.
Apple Weetjes also says that the new version of iPhoto will not work on Snow Leopard, but will require Lion or Mountain Lion to run.
Given how terrible iPhoto is on the Mac, I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple totally re-envisioned how the software works to be more akin with the iOS version. The wisest thing Apple could do with iPhoto is continue to fully embrace it’s consumer-friendly and beginner-oriented features. iPhoto for iOS is already consumer- and beginner-friendliness distilled; may as well just port it over to the Mac and be done with it.