With iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 Apple may deliver badly needed photo management improvements

“A new report has highlighted several new features and changes predicted to be announced at WWDC for iOS 13 and macOS 10.15,” Andrew O’Hara writes for AppleInsider. “Most notably, it appears that Apple will finally be implementing a new image flow when importing photos from external media.”

“The way iOS has managed photos has been troublesome since its inception. If you shoot a series of photos, you can’t import them directly into editing apps such as Pixelmator Photo or Adobe Lightroom —they must first go to the Apple Photos app,” O’Hara writes. “This often yields an overflow of raw images dumped into the photo app that you must then import into your editing/management app of choice, before exporting your edited favorites back to the original Photos app. It results in a lot of clutter.”

“That may be all set to change with iOS 13,” O’Hara writes. “Thanks to a new developer-facing API, third-party apps will now be able to import media directly from external media such as SD cards before saving them directly into the app.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Less clutter and more storage space sounds like a win-win to us! Come on, lucky iOS 13!


  1. How about a built-in PDF app for markup, editing and signing and fixing the Folder tool to remember each level’s preference and accessing external drives for the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is positioned as a pro tool but with too many consumer limitations.

  2. One of the reasons my stepson replaced his iPhone as it was far less flexible than his replacement Samsung in this regard when dealing with transferring pics in his coaching business so yes about time this was sorted, if too frustratingly belated for some.

  3. I’m so looking forward to WWDC this year, I can’t wait to see the last few pro users tears as Apple announces a Mac Pro that’s more of a Mac mini with bells than a real workstation.

    I have a feeling it’s going to provide epic schadenfreude.

    Better picture sorting is just rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic I know so many iPhone dumpers now. Apple haven’t given a crap about Picture sorting since they killed Aperture in favour of the Fisher-Price Photos App. Even FCPX is getting fewer and fewer updates.

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