When Apple introduced the updated Photos app under iOS 8, the company showed off a lot of cool new editing tools that were clearly taken from iPhoto for iOS. What I didn’t expect was that iPhoto wouldn’t work at all under iOS 8. (Although I’ve been running betas of iOS 8 for several weeks, I realized I’d never tried to open iPhoto for iOS… which is probably a sign that iPhoto wasn’t being used in favor of other tools; and just that I’ve been really busy lately.)
When you launch iPhoto for iOS, you see this message:
Tap Migrate and all the photos you’ve edited in iPhoto are copied to your Photos library.
- Edits you made in iPhoto are baked into the photos; you can’t re-edit the adjustments. However, you can tap Revert to revert the image to its original state, and then re-edit that.
- Anything you marked as a favorite in iPhoto is added to a Favorites album
- Everything migrated appears in the Recently Added album, which can be a little confusing because normally those items are chronological based on when you capture photos.
In a support note about this turn of events, Apple also notes many other circumstances that will apply:
- Any photos in your iPhoto library that aren’t already in Photos are added.
- Image adjustments you made in iPhoto are migrated to Photos.
- If you applied image adjustments to photos synced to your iOS device from iTunes, a duplicate of each photo will be created in Photos with adjustments applied.
- Photos hidden in iPhoto do not appear in the Years, Moments, or Collections views in Photos, but are placed in an album titled Hidden.
- Photo Books, Web Journals, and Slideshows are converted into regular albums in Photos. Text and layouts are not preserved.
- Only projects created on the device performing the migration will be converted. Projects you synced from other devices to iPhoto via iCloud must be converted from the devices on which they were created.
- Photos marked as Favorites in iPhoto are marked as Favorites in Photos.
- Tags and captions from iPhoto are not displayed in Photos, but you can use them as search terms and they will show up respectively as Keywords and Titles in Photos search results.
- Flags from iPhoto are converted to the keyword Flagged.
One thing I miss from iPhoto is the ability to make spot-adjustments, versus making an adjustment that applies to the entire image. However, the Extensions capability of iOS 8 should fill in that gap by letting you use editing controls from other apps you’ve installed.