iPhoto: About the iPhoto 8.1.1 update

The iPhoto 8.1.1 update addresses issues affecting face recognition performance and accuracy. It also resolves minor issues with book ordering and iPod touch support. This update is recommended for all users of iPhoto '09. 

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Installation options

Automatic Software Update

Choose Software Update from the Apple () menu to automatically check for the latest Apple software.

Standalone installer

Apple Downloads offers a standalone installer that you can use instead if you wish.

Note: iPhoto 8.1 is required for this update.

What's new in this update?


  • Resolves an issue that could result in slow performance when displaying suggested matching faces.
  • Addresses a face recognition issue that could result in some faces being matched incorrectly.

    Important: If you imported photos of people while using iPhoto 8.1, there's an extra step you should take after installing the 8.1.1 update. Select all those photos, Control-click to open the contextual menu, and then choose Detect Missing Faces. This will redetect the faces in those photos and correct any face recognition issues introduced in iPhoto 8.1. You should not quit iPhoto during the Detect Missing Faces process.

Book ordering

  • Resolves an issue that caused book order panel information to be displayed incorrectly in some languages

iPod touch Support

  • Displays the icon for iPod touch (2nd Generation) correctly in the source list


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