Let’s face it: iPhoto sucks. It’s slow. It’s buggy. It’s hopelessly burdened by skeuomorphic elements. It’s just behind the times.
That’s why we were excited when Apple said last year it would phase out iPhoto for a brand new app with a feature set somewhere between iPhoto and Aperture. The successor app was supposed to be available in early 2015, but it appears that Photos for Mac has been delayed.
In the updated iCloud Photo Library beta FAQ, Photos for Mac is now said to be coming “at a later date” whereas previously, Apple was giving a firm release date of “early 2015.”
Since early 2015 would seemingly place it in the first three months of the year, it appears Apple no longer thinks it can meet a March 2015 deadline on the much-anticipated Photos app.
And possibly later. Keep in mind, Apple just clarified that its previous prediction for an “early 2015” launch for the Apple Watch actually means April 2015.
Why not be similarly clear about when the Photos for Mac app will come out? Probably because its release date is less set in stone … and the software could debut later.
Let’s hope, despite Apple’s hedging, that Photos for Mac gets here sooner rather than later. I’m eager to ditch iPhoto for good, and I can’t be the only one.