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Apple is seeking employees from its own retail stores who have shown an enthusiasm for photography to test the upcoming OS X Photos application and iCloud Photos feature. Apple, last week, reached out to retail employees offering such a “career experience,” and here is the message to retail staff as provided by multiple retail employees:

We are seeking a technical and passionate photography enthusiast to join our Quality Assurance team working on Photos for OS X. You will be part of a fast moving team of specialists tasked with delivering the next generation of photography tools for Apple.

Apple typically offers career experience programs for retail employees that have worked at Apple for at least one year. These opportunities allow employees to try out various positions within Apple Corporate, typically ranging from marketing and engineering on existing products.

The new OS X Photos app is launching on OS X Yosemite early next year as a replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture. As we have detailed in the past, OS X Photos will essentially be the enhanced iOS 8 Photos.app optimized for a keyboard and mouse/trackpad. It has basic editing functionality and integrates at its core with the upcoming iCloud Photos feature.

These particular testing positions will require re-location to Apple’s California headquarters, but Apple, in the past, has offered many testing programs to retail staff that do not require moving. Apple has offered versions of OS X Mountain Lion and OS X Mavericks as well as iWork for iCloud to employees prior to the public release. Apple utilizes retail employees for these efforts as a method of further intertwining the culture of both major parts of Apple’s employees base and in order to provide a wider, yet still mostly controlled, testing environment.

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13 Responses to “Apple seeking ‘photography enthusiast’ retail employees to test OS X Photos app”

  1. I really hope this is the first step to replacing the bloated stock apps they have. First iPhoto, next iTunes!

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    • rogifan says:

      I wish Federighi & Ive had responsibility for iTunes because then it might actually happen.

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    • tilalabubakr says:

      Replacing iTunes means creating separate apps “Podcasts, Music and iTunes Radio, iTunes U, Movies and TV Shows, App Store and iOS Syncer, and merge AudioBooks with iBooks.
      They’ll also need to find a solution for iOS Windows users.
      I’m not seeing this happening any time soon.

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  2. Reblogged this on Taste of Apple and commented:
    I am really excited for the Photos app. I used to rely on iPhoto and I never had a need for Aperture. Once my photo library grew too large, iPhoto became very sluggish and hard to use without just quitting the program. I hope Photos is special and works as well as the iOS version.

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  3. Reblogged this on weblablog and commented:
    …….

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  4. I am praying to Steve Jobs that the Photos app takes over most Aperture features. I can’t stand Lightroom and really don’t want to switch until it’s absolutely necessary. I should hope Apple won’t drop me into Adobe’s hell…

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    • tilalabubakr says:

      Me too, Adobe’s apps are costly.
      I hope plugins would be vastly implanted by others.

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    • Brian Pex says:

      I was an Aperture user for a few years. Like the app and was very easy to use. Adobe lightroom is a much better “PHOTOGRAPHY APP” however. I have a Nikon DSLR and it is much better than Aperture ever was. Now with Lightroom mobile and the ability to edit on the fly, it is great. It isn’t integrated like Apple products obviously but you can simply add a folder in iTunes and sync your finished work with iOS devices. I love Lightroom. Together with Photoshop CC, at $9.99 a month, you can’t beat it. 4 Years at $120 a year is a sweet deal for those powerful pro level apps.

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    • I don’t mind Adobe, but I really prefer the workflow and layout of Aperture. Lightroom is clunky and it the interface has been updated since version 1.

      Then again, iPhoto is also clunky for serious users. It’s highly unlikely that OS X Photos will be on par with Aperture; it would appear to be geared for amateurs.

      Then again (again), might Apple do something like they did with iMovie and allow “advanced” tools to be enabled via the preferences.

      Arg! So many questions. I just wish Apple would be a little more transparent sometimes.

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  5. romanko says:

    I loved iPhoto when it first came out, and then many of its follow-up versions. After a while the interface’s usability started to diminish to became what is now a gaudy, discrepit, unstructured app. The once fantastic integration of calendar search became obscured by way too many clicks to ever be used, multiple view and edit modes, full screen previews with sliding UI elements, etc.

    Aperture became an excellent alternative, although never as smooth, despite its vetted 64-bit architecture. Up till today sliding two fingers on the trackpad over hundreds of thumbnails scrolls visibly smoother on iPhoto than on Aperture. And recently Apple dropped the bomb on Aperture — end of life.

    I do hope that Photos app will keep some of the good stuff from the past many versions of iPhoto, while allowing for enough pro features from Aperture. Lightroom is a fantastic product, but the UI is beyond disastrous. And I do hope Apple lets us all know sooner than later what is going to happen with our iPhoto/Aperture curated libraries. I myself have 15 years worth of photographs organized in libraries, so it’s understandable I’m a bit nervous after the announcement.

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  6. tilalabubakr says:

    I hope they didn’t abandon “Faces”

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