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Mac Tip: Managing your iPhone's Camera Roll

Since the best camera is always the one you have with you, I tend to shoot a good number of photos with my iPhone 4.  Many of those photos end up on Facebook or shared via E-mail.  In most cases that's the reason I took the photo in the first place (to share).  Once I've shared them I really don't have any further use for them.  Yet, I find I don't take the time to use the iPhone's Photo app to delete the photos once I'm done with them.  Before I know it, I've got hundreds of photos in the iPhone's Camera Roll taking up precious memory.  Deleting a large number of photos using the iPhone's Photo app is a pain.

Of course, I could use iPhoto or Aperture to import the photos and have the software delete them from the iPhone's Camera Roll after the import.  But, as I said, I really don't have any further use for most of these photos.  What I really need is a way to quickly and easily delete a selected group of photos from the iPhone's Camera Roll without having to import them.  Once the unimportant photos are gone, then I can get down to the business of copying the few that I want to save.

If you've faced this situation before and you are a Mac user, there is an easy solution and it's free!

Apple's Image Capture App For The Mac

Image Capture is one of those "I forgot I had it" apps.  Apple provides the Image Capture application with every Macintosh.  You'll find it in your Applications folder.  Image Capture has a fast, simple interface that makes it child's play to manage your iPhone's Camera Roll (or any supported camera for that matter).

Connect your iPhone to your Mac via USB and, after it's finished syncing with iTunes, run the Image Capture program.  Image Capture has two views, list view and icon view.

Image Capture List View (click image to expand)

Image Capture Icon View (click image to expand)The list view shows you quite a bit of information about your photos.  For the purposes of this tutorial I'll use the icon view.

Deleting Numerous Photos Is Easy

To delete any number of photos from your iPhone's Camera Roll (without importing them), simply use your mouse to lasso the photos or use the Shift-Click or Command-Click shortcuts to select the photos.  Then click the delete button.

Image Capture's Delete Button (click image to expand)That's all there is to it! A dialog box will ask you to verify the deletion.

Image Capture's Delete VerificationClick delete and the photos will be removed from your iPhone's Camera Roll a lot faster than deleting them one at a time using the Photo app on the iPhone.

Importing Too

If you've got some photos you'd like to save to your Mac, Image Capture will handle that too.  And Image Capture lets you control exactly where you'd like to save those photos on your Mac's hard drive!

Select the images you'd like to import and use the Import To menu to select the destination.

Image Capture Import (click image to expand)You will be presented with a number of presets, including your Documents and Desktop folders, as well as iPhoto, Aperture, Mail, etc.  If you want to specify your own destination (new folder, different drive, etc.), select Other.

Image Capture Import Destinations

After you've selected the destination, click Import (for selected number of photos) or Import All.

Image Capture Import (click image to expand)

Again, that's all there is to it.  If you'd like to have Image Capture delete the photos from your iPhone's Camera Roll after you've imported them, check the appropriate box before you start the import.

Image Capture Delete After Import (click image to expand)Image Capture Makes It Easy

If you use your iPhone to take a lot of photos that you don't plan to save, the Image Capture app is a quick and easy way to delete those photos from the iPhone's Camera Roll.  Likewise, if you prefer to import your iPhone photos without using iPhoto or Aperture, Image Capture to the rescue.  And, best of all, Image Capture is free with every Mac!

One More Thing!

As a bonus tip and reminder, the Image Capture application is also the tool you use to control which photo application launches (automatically) when you connect your iPhone (or other camera) to your Mac.

Image Capture Auto-Launch Selection (click image to expand)Happily, you can set it so no photo application gets auto-launched.


Apple Introduces New iMacs

Apple Inc. introduced new iMac computers this morning.

Apple today updated its signature all-in-one iMac® with next generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, groundbreaking high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime® HD camera. Starting at $1,199, the new iMac is up to 70 percent faster and new graphics deliver up to three times the performance of the previous generation.


The new iMacs feature the Sandy Bridge quad-core Intel Core i5 processor design.   Apple is offering four models.

  •  21.5-inch, 2.5GHz quad-core i5, 4GB (two 2GB) RAM, 500GB HD, AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB, priced at $1,199
  • 21.5-inch, 2.7GHz quad-core i5, 4GB (two 2GB) RAM, 1TB HD, AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB, priced at $1,499
  • 27-inch, 2.7GHz quad-core i5, 4GB (two 2GB) RAM, 1TB HD, AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB, priced at $1,699
  • 27-inch, 3.1GHz quad-core i5, 4GB (two 2GB) RAM, 1TB HD, AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 1GB, priced at $1,999

A quad-core Intel Core i7 processor is a $200 option on the $1,499 and $1,999 models resulting in Core i7 processor speeds of 2.8GHz and 3.4GHz, respectively.

The 21.5-inch models feature a single Thunderbolt port while the 27-inch models come equipped with two Thunderbolt ports.  Four USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire 800 port are included on all models.  A built-in FaceTime HD camera is also standard.


Apple's Cloud-Based Music Service?

Here's video shot during the construction phase of Apple's new $1 billion data center in North Carolina.


The data center is reportedly finished and was rumored to go online in the spring.  To date, Apple hasn't explained what the data center will be used for.  Speculation has revolved around a cloud-based music and/or video service.  That speculation seems more and more likely as time passes.

All Things Digital is reporting that Apple is close to finalizing agreements with the four big music labels regarding cloud-based music storage.

"And sources tell me that Apple has already procured deals from at least two of the big four labels (Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony and EMI) within the last two months. One source tells me Apple content boss Eddy Cue will be in New York tomorrow to try to finalize remaining deals."

If true, Apple could have a significant advantage over rival Amazon's recently debuted cloud-based music service.  Reports indicate Amazon has yet to reach any agreements with the music labels.

Similar to Amazon's service, Apple's service will reportedly allow users to upload their existing music library to the cloud and then access that music on multiple devices.  This will likely include music that users have ripped from CDs.  The All Things Digital article reports that music executives are claiming Apple's service could be a more "robust service" with a better user interface thanks to proper licensing.

One thing we can expect:  A cloud-based music service from Apple will surely feature industry-leading design and excellent integration with iTunes, OS X, and iOS!  I'm betting that Steve Jobs and company will have a few surprises up their sleeve.  We might even see a nice "one more thing" moment.  Apple fans are due for one of those!