One the long awaited features of the new iLife is Faces. iPhoto uses face detection to identify faces of people in your photos and face recognition to match faces that look like the same person. That makes it easy for you to add names to your photos. Put a name to a face in a couple of photos, and iPhoto suggests a set of possible matches you can confirm with a click. The program then goes on to find more matches.

The service allegedly works ok, although iPhoto sometimes recognizes random round objects as your grandfather. Anyhow, Faces will get a PR boost by a post on MacLife. The thing is, Faces recognizes cats! Roberto Baldwin writes:

Well, we are happy to say that we were able to get iPhoto to recognize Robbie’s Cat, Lola.

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Considering the enormous amount of photos owners take of their cat (what’s up with that?), I’m pretty sure Faces will become a success. After all, a cat is a member of the family and deserves a spot in the iPhoto Faces gallery.