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Will iphoto in iOS ever sync to iPhoto on Mac via iCloud like Address Book does?

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Rramir3 Calculating status...
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Mar 8, 2012 1:12 PM

The thing is that i dont find very usefull to have iphoto on ipad, edit my photos and have NO WAY to send them to my iphoto on my macbook pro.


The app is super cool!!! It will be awesome if every single change i made to a photo on the app would sync via iCloud to my other apple devices (iOS and Mac OSx).

iPad 2, iOS 5.1
  • Milkfloat Calculating status...

    I guess only Apple can answer this.  In my opinion it should have been a V1.0 feature.  There is not much point in editing photos if you cannot do much with them after.  I think that Apple are going after the 'social media' angle with iPhoto rather than the user who wants to edit their photos on the go and then store them later.


    To be honest I am pretty diappointed with the app and hope that the massive number of missing features is added in future version. 

  • Arturo Pelayo Calculating status...

    There is also no way to create albums on the iPhoto for iPad app.


    Therefore, you can't sync new albums with your Mac either.


    A lot of features from "iPhoto" are missing!

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (12,440 points)

    I think Milkfloat is on to something. iPhoto seems to be a great app for working on a photo that will be used in some type of social media site. I don't think it was designed for the serious photographer trying to produce high quality work.


    The same might be said for the century leased form of PhotoShop for the iPad. That app is limited to photos 1600 pixels on a side. Great of social media sites but not so hot for serious photo work where the photos can be much larger than a measly 1600 pixels on a side.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (12,440 points)

    Meant "recently released" in my previous post instead of "century leased!" sometimes my iPad just doesn't know what I'm thinking when I type and I can't edit my posts using Safari on my iPad.

  • Thijs Bors Calculating status...

    It would be great if iOS iPhoto would sync back to OSX iPhoto. Version 1.0 feels a bit unfished and more like a beta.


    I guess it wouldn't be too hard for Apple to add this feature, the frame work is already there in teh form of iCloud. But like adding the delete function to Photostream, this might take some time.

  • Morebitterness Calculating status...

    I really like the feel of the app on the iPad. But, I am very disappointed that it won't even sync ulbasic comments back to iPhoto in OSX. I was really excited to flip and do editing on the iPad and have the changes sync back to my MacBook Pro. Only now, I'm not even sure I'll use it any more now of reccomend to others unless that becomes a core feature.


    I completely understand you can't boil the ocean with V1. But, please don't force folks to use iCloud to enable key features. I use a corporate iPad that my company does not allow us to use iCloud due to legitimate data privacy concerns about was sensitive data we could have on the device. So this really limits me even for work photo editing via ios.

  • ToBeFair Calculating status...

    I'm amazed at the complete inability to automatically sync between iOS iPhoto and Mac iPhoto.

    For two programs that share the same name - you'd think they would at least work together!

    So much file compression happens in the iOS version though, I've abandoned it. Who wants tiny little stripped-out-for-facebook files in their master library anyway?

    This app is a big let down from the expectations it's name sets. It is NOT an iOS version of iPhoto by any means!

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (12,440 points)

    I'll say it again, iPhoto for iOS is not an app that works in conjunction with a similarly named ap on the Mac. It is a stand alone hobbyist app designed for those folks who have photos on their iPad and want to enhance those photos then share them on social media sites like Facebook.

  • abt1 Calculating status...

    Has this still not been addressed? So iPhoto on iOS doesn't sync albums with iPhoto OSX in any form? Not over USB nor iTunes WiFi sync?


    The Photos app doesn't do that. Why is that? I'm not even a serious photographer, but I want to creat an album on my phone of holiday pictures and for it to sync to the same album on osx.


    You guys have saved me a few wasted pounds...

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,380 points)

    Does your Mac OS X version support Shared Photostreams?

    iCloud: Using and troubleshooting Shared Photo Streams


    A Shared Photostream will by updated on your Mac, when you add photos to it or remove from it on your iPad.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (12,440 points)

    The release of Mountain Lion has corrected this problem. PhotoStream will allow one to sync photos between iPhoto on a Mac and the Photos app on an iPad.


    If you edit a photo in iPhoto share it to the Camera Roll. Any photos added to the Camera Roll are copied to your PhotoStream. On your Mac open iPhoto and select PhotoStream and copy the photo to the desired album.


    You need the latest version of iPhoto and Mountain Lion which is OSX 10.8.2.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,380 points)

    The release of Mountain Lion has corrected this problem. PhotoStream will allow one to sync photos between iPhoto on a Mac and the Photos app on an iPad.


    Yes, that is the new service to transfer images, but it is not exactly a replacement for syncing albums. Photostream will always only show a temporal snapshot, and also will show all of the camera roll. For me, syncing albums implies to keep two albums with selected photos synced, for more than a month and containing only the selection, not the 1000 photos in the camera roll.


    I mentioned the Shared Photo streams, because they come very close to the old synced albums. A shared photo stream holds exactly the photos you selected, if you add or remove images it will be synced, and the shared stream will not erase photos after a month. You can share a shared Photo Stream to yourself, and do not need to publish it. So essentially it is a synced album.




  • Michael Vallance Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    I agree with Ralph 9430 but then Apple should not have named the app iPhoto as I too expected ... wait for it.. iPhoto.

    Reasonable no?

    Updated version should sync to iPhoto and not via Events in iTunes . No doubt Sir Jony Ive will sort this out.





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