(as of 9/23/2020)
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- iCloud Photo Library integration between OS X and iOS devices
- Editing tools for enhancing, rotating, and retouching images
- Filters, such as noir and chrome, that can be applied to images
- Sharing capabilities to social sites, email, and messages
- Ability to directly create calendars, books, and cards from the app
Apple Photos is an application bundled with OS X and used to view, edit, and share photos. It was first released for OS X in April 2015 as a replacement for the discontinued iPhoto and Aperture applications.
Photos allows you to organize your photos and videos in albums and access them from your Mac or iOS device through the iCloud Photo Library. The application enables you to make edits to your images, including the ability to enhance, rotate, retouch, crop, and adjust image colors. You can also apply filters, such as noir, chrome, process, tonal, fade, and instant to produce your desired effect.
When you are done editing, you can conveniently share your images, whether it be through a social site, email, messages, or creating a book, card, or calendar. The application also enables you to import iPhoto and Aperture photo libraries, the two programs that Photos replaced.
Photos is a useful tool for OS X and iOS users that want to easily access their photos and make quick edits to them. However, if you are looking for a powerful image editing tool you should look to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, or GIMP. In the end, Apple Photos accomplishes what it set out to do, which is make a simpler and less complicated program for OS X and iOS users to access their photos.
Supported File Types
Primary file extension
Other file extensions used by Apple Photos 1
|Supported File Types|
|.3FR||Hasselblad 3F RAW Image|
|.AAE||Sidecar Image Edit File|
|.BMP||Bitmap Image File|
|.CR2||Canon Raw Image File|
|.DNG||Digital Negative Image File|
|.EXIF||Exchangeable Image Information File|
|.JFI||JPEG File Interchange Image|
|.MIGRATEDAPLIBRARY||Migrated Aperture Library|
|.MIGRATEDPHOTOLIBRARY||Migrated Photo Library|
|.MRW||Minolta Raw Image File|
|.NEF||Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image|
|.ORF||Olympus RAW File|
|.PHOTOLIBRARY||iPhoto Photo Library|
|.PNG||Portable Network Graphic|
|.RAF||Fuji RAW Image File|
|.SRF||Sony RAW Image|
|Additional Related File Formats|
Updated: September 23, 2020