The Apple Discussion Thread - Page 27
I agree with this framing of the conversation. Apple has more then enough profit coming in and money in the bank to absorb a company like Beats. The question becomes why. They haven't bought a large company since NEXT, so this move is highly unusual for them.
Did you try right-clicking/control clicking the photo library, selecting "Show Package Contents," and exploring that way?
WWDC keynote is today. I'm excited to see what's in store for OS X, which could use some love. Gruber has some predictions. I especially like what he says about iCloud and photography:
Apple needs to boost iCloud’s storage limits. Nik Fletcher said it well back in October:
People should not have to worry about this with their iOS devices. Apple charges a premium for larger storage capacity devices — doing away with backup quotas should be part of the value users get in exchange.
And along those lines, I would love to see iCloud-based photo storage go unlimited. Let us store all the photos we take with our iPhones and iPads in iCloud.1
Digital photo management remains an unsolved problem. What are we supposed to do when our iOS devices run out of space because of all the photos we’re storing on them? Apple’s solution is from the Mac-as-digital-hub era: plug your iPhone or iPad to your Mac and import your photos into iPhoto. That feels antediluvian today, in a world where some photographers never move their photos off the iPhones on which they took them.
I’ve noted several times this past year — including earlier this week — that Apple has quietly become one of, if not the, largest and most important camera companies in the world. The iPhone could just as well be named the iCamera for many of us — I’d rather use an iPhone that can’t make phone calls than use one with a broken camera.
To that end, here’s what I’d like to see: a ground up rewrite of iPhoto, designed as a client for an iCloud-centric photo library. You can keep all your photos on your Mac, but they can all be on iCloud too, and thus accessible from your iOS devices anywhere with a network connection. The goal should be to make it such that an iCloud-using iPhone or iPad user will never lose a photo because they’re lost or broken their device, nor should they ever feel the need to permanently delete photos just because they’ve run out of storage space on the device.
Apple might as well get rid of Aperture while they’re at it, and focus on making iPhoto good enough for everyone short of true professional photographers — most of whom, I think, have settled on Adobe Lightroom. The writing has been on the wall for a while. If Apple still sees the need to separate truly expert features from the basic features most people need, they could do something like make the new iPhoto free for all users, and sell “iPhoto Pro” as an in-app purchase.
This way Mac users would have one system standard photo library, just like iOS users have, and third-party Mac apps could have access to it the same way they do on iOS.
I'm looking forward to the update. I don't care if it's catch-up because I don't give a shit about other platforms.
It looks like it's going to be implemented extremely well and since I use my iOS devices 90% of the time it'll be nice for my OSX stuff to be more integrated/similar so it'll be a more intuitive experience and less time wasted trying to remember the differences.
I still don't know WTF is going on with my photos...