What’s New In Photo App With The New Update macOS Catalina

The new macOS Catalina comes with various new updates and app improvements. These improvements are highly helpful for those desktop programs we’re all used to. Though most of these updates and improvements are not only limited to macOS, if you’ve already update your Apple iPhone Os and iPad OS you can also enjoy most of these updates as well. It means Apple is bringing iOS features to MAC OS.

One of the most noticeable changes with macOS is the new feature in Photo App making it easier for Mac users to browse their images. Along with a new look and some extra options allowing you to see more of your best photos and poor quality photos  with lesser duplicate photos and screenshots as well. The photos user interface remains the same as with the recent Mac versions but with a more snappier Photo App. 


Before anything else, make sure to update to the new macOS Catalina on your Mac Device in order to be able to enjoy the new Photos App. Also, check  if your Mac model support the new macOS Catalina. 

For a list of compatible Mac, refer to the list below:

  • MacBook Pro (mid 2012 onward)
  • MacBook Air (mid 2012 onward)
  • 12-inch MacBook (early 2015 onward)
  • iMac Pro (2017 onward)
  • iMac (late 2012 onward)
  • Mac Mini (late 2012 onward)
  • Mac Pro (late 2013 onward)

The new Photo App is presented with a  branch of artificial intelligence that concentrates on data analysis to build analytical models called Machine Learning. With Machine Learning basically allows the Photo App to identify patterns on the Photos. Apple is bringing Machine Learning to bring Photos App into a whole new level.

So what do Machine Learning does with the Photos? Photos that you take a shot at usually corresponds to an event. These events are most likely be a birthday party, a trip to the beach, Christmas Holidays and a family vacation for instance. Machine Learning then sorts out these events geographically and chronologically manner. After sorting, these creates a cover photo where Photos are cropped and set of its magnification and clarity. In turn, these cover photos will feature people’s faces, pets, beach. This will all depend on a particular event. It means that Machine Learning has the ability to recognize who is in the image as well as what is the even allowing it to create collections that highlights that person and event. 

What’s in the Photo

The Photo Category in the recent version displays the photos and images according to the time when it was taken, and the location where it was taken (location services should be enabled). This allows the photos that are taken together for that particular day will be kept together. However though, in macOS Catalina new Photos App, the Photo tabs keeps together images with it new viewing option according to Years, Months, and Days and All Photos. You may opt to select each tab, for instance in Years, it thereby changes how the images are displayed on that particular year you’ve chosen.

Here are the options to view images in Photo App according to:

  • Years: the photos and images you’ve taken are arranged in Years
  • Months: the memories, images and locations are then organized together by months
  • Days: Photos, videos and even Live photo are grouped together from each day. Live Photos and videos comes to life by browsing through the collections tab. The Live photos now has an auto play when scrolling the photo library.

The categories of Years, Months and Day separates the timeline by using animations and transitions and these separations can also be used to switch between each view. 

Photo’s User Interface

In terms of the Photos User Interface, not much has changed from the recent versions but the way how the photos are displayed has somewhat changes as well as providing a more interesting presentation on your photo library.

Looking at the Photo sidebar located at the left side of the screen, you will see options of how your Photo Library can be viewed. 


You may refer above regarding the Photos category.  To summarize, this gives full access to the photo library grouped together by Years, Months and Days or the All Photos option. 


Memories allows you to view past events, these photos are then grouped together into “memories” tab. Each day, Photo App will create up to a maximum of three memories and these are based on the size of the photo in the Photo library. You will also have the option to gather these memories into Collections, Moment and or Album. 


The Photo App scans your entire Photo Library taking into consideration the images of people. You will see in the People Collection tab the images of people from your Photo Library. You can also add names to the Photos of people found. Over time, the app will now have the ability to distinguish that person from the photos. It means as it cans the images, it will already know the people from the photo and automatically adds them to the names of that person to its collection. 


When location services is enabled in your Mac, the Photos App will have the ability to locate where your photos were taken and geographically pinpoint its location on the map. You can change how the map is displayed and can move around the map by zooming in and out for a closer look.

The Photos App with macOS Catalina has emerged into a whole new level as compared to the recent version helping Mac users organize their photos in a manner that’s making it easier for them to look into a particular photo, an event or people.