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Apple has released an update for the iPhoto for Mac app on Thursday, updating the software that’s on its death bed before Apple transitions users to the new Photos app.

The update, available through the Mac App Store’s software update tool, will help users transition their photo libraries to Apple’s new software when it’s eventually made available to the public. 

The update adds the following:

  • Improves compatibility when migrating iPhoto libraries to the new Photos app in the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (available this spring)
  • Fixes an issue that caused iPhoto to display only the first 25 images in a Facebook album
  • Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to become unresponsive when printing an image

Apple hasn’t given a specific launch date for the new Photos app that’s currently in beta testing for public and private testers. However, the company has said it will be released at some point this spring.

iPhoto for Mac has long been Apple’s go-to tool for managing photos on the desktop, however its new Photos app brings more powerful features.

The Photos app also allows you to browse your photos by time and location in Moments, Collections, and Years views, navigate your library using convenient Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects tabs, perfect your photos with powerful and easy-to-use editing tools that optimize with a single click or slider, and allow precise adjustments with detailed controls, and purchase prints in square and panoramic sizes.

iPhoto was first released for the Mac in 2002.

  • James G

    Prediction: Photos and OS X 10.10.3 will be released along with iOS 8.3. Target date is late April, early May.

    Definitely before WWDC.

    • Jake Smith

      I agree

    • ✯Mike✯

      I’d bet before the end of April. May is too close to WWDC

      • James G

        One can hope. And another hope is they squash some bugs.

    • pauleebe

      8.2 and 10.10.2 weren’t on the same release schedule.

      10.10.3 is further along than 8.3. I’d expect 10.10.3 2-4 weeks before 8.3

      • James G

        I’m hoping 8.3 is when they take iCloud Photo Library out of Beta on both OS X and iOS which is the only reason I would assume they could release them simultaneously or within a few days of each other.

        As for 10.10.3 being further along…both it and 8.3 are on their 3rd beta (roughly, I know 10.10.3 is technically on its 4th but the 4th came just a couple days after the third to coincide with the Spring Forward event with Force Touch API’s). I wouldn’t say they are too far apart on release schedules. Since they first hit the Dev centers, they’ve released updates within a day of each other.