Apple needs to fire a big shot in the photo wars ...

DAN MOREN, MACWORLD:

"Weird as it may sound, I’m still using iPhoto.

"Yes, I know Photos for Mac has been out for a while now, but I’ve yet to make the jump. Granted even saying that I’m “using” iPhoto is a bit of a misnomer; I haven’t purposefully launched the app in months, at least. That’s not to say I don’t take photos—like everybody else with a smartphone, I snap my fair share. Last week I traveled to Portugal and the UK, and took a couple hundred alone.

"iPhoto, for me, is really just a repository for the photos that get imported to it via Photo Stream—someplace that I know that all my photos are safe and sound. And I’ve been wary of adopting its successor, iCloud Photo Library, in part due to some concerns about its uploading process, but mostly because what I have right now works fine, and its stability is a matter of record.

"Still, I know this system is untenable in the long term, as Photo Stream will probably go the way of iTools and Ping in the not too distant future. And if recent announcements from Amazon and Google are any indication, my photos are about to become a hotly contested battleground.

"Or, as a certain Jedi master might say, Begun, the photo war has.

Dan Moren is one of my absolute favorite tech writers. Next to Jason Snell, of course. Read this article, here.