Live Photos will soon work properly on your Mac.
Apple released a beta version of OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 earlier this week, giving developers a glimpse of the new features and improvements that are coming to the Mac. The beta release was expected to be amateurish and rough, but it turned out to be nifty, as testers started reporting that the version enables support for Live Photos in Messages on the Mac.
For the uninitiated, Apple’s Live Photos feature, which turns photos into semi-videos, much like a GIF but with sounds, can only be viewed on the Photos app on the Mac. Viewing a Live Photo on Messages in Mac previously converted the photo into an ordinary image, without the animation and sound.
But with OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, Mac users will be able to view Live Photos properly straight from Messages. Similar to how it works on the iPhone and iPad, Live Photos on Mac are recognized by a special icon at the top left corner. When you preview a Live Photo, a play button will appear at the bottom-left hand corner.
A few testers, however, said that dragging a Live Photo to the desktop converted it into a still image. Copying and pasting a Live Photo to the desktop produced a similar result. Apparently, using the native sharing buttons to save a Live Photo on the desktop worked.
Apple could end up fixing this nuisance on the final release later this year. It’s worth noting that Facebook and Tumblr were among the first services to support Apple’s Live Photos. More apps and services are expected to follow soon.
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