Faces in iPhoto is a really cool idea and it HAS actually worked a little bit for me on occasion, but it’s clearly not working on this specific photo library for some reason. I don’t think it’s actually doing anything at all other than just pulling any face it senses into this “Kyle may also be in the photos below” list. This was definitely not the behavior I experienced on another iPhoto library (using the same computer) so I really don’t know why it’s doing this now. 

I can understand it having a hard time distinguishing between all of my kids faces since they do sort of look alike, but...

The boy does not look anything like Patrick from Sponge Bob…

Or Sailor Mercury…

Or his grandpa...

Let alone a bunch of other girls. There are several other images pulled into this set: A multitude of adults with with blonde or brown hair (or no hair at all), other kids from his soccer and flag football teams (both boys and girls of varying ethnicities), and even some of statues and other inanimate objects. It’s basically not doing anything at all.

What kills me is the other library that Faces works on is much bigger. Over 11k photos vs 5k. The only difference between the two is the resolution of the images and the source camera. The larger library is shot with various small point-and-shoots while the smaller library (the one that doesn’t work) is shot with a digital SLR (canon digital rebel). And, Faces takes FOREVER on the smaller library to pull the “may also be in” photos whereas the larger library is almost instant. Something just seems wrong with this equation.

Nice work, Apple. I love your company and pretty much all of your products, but this is just not worth the time to even bother using.

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