Reply To: Exporting Apple Photo Library Metadata vs Unmodified Original

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Adam PrattAdam Pratt
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Yup, this is just how Apple designed their Photos app. If you want your photos with metadata outside of their ecosystem they’re going to re-write your photos and bloat them 50-100%.  If they did this following industry standards by injecting the metadata losslessly into the header of the images, the file size would probably 0.01% larger. The crazy part is that the one piece of metadata that people would want to retain, the names of people, doesn’t come through at all.

It’s a shame and yet another reason that my first step is to extract content from Apple Photos and follow industry best practices to get them organized for the long term. I just extract the originals for a few reasons: 1. It’s WAY faster (17.x faster in your example) 2. The file sizes don’t increase 50-100% 3. Most people haven’t applied much metadata anyway. And if they did, I can always open the Photos Library for clues.

If it’s not yet clear from these threads, I don’t believe Apple cares about people’s photos. They care about people continuing to use their iPhones and iPads. It’s a lock-in strategy as far as I can tell.