updated 03:05 pm EDT, Mon March 22, 2010
iPad to have limited album format support
iPhoto has "much better" organizational features than Google's Picasa, claims Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The statement comes in response to an e-mailed question about the iPad Photos app, in particular asking whether people will be able to import Picasa face and album data into Photos through iTunes. Apple should support the Picasa library format, the e-mail proposes.
"No, but iPhoto on the Mac has much better Faces and Places features," a brief response from Jobs reads. Data generated by Faces and Places is expected to sync to an iPad. No equivalent will be available for Windows users however, nor will the sorting options be available on the iPad itself.
Delivery information in the e-mail coincidentally reveals that Jobs is continuing to use v3.1.2 firmware on his iPhone, despite the imminent release of v3.2 in tandem with the iPad. The data could indicate that iPhone and iPod releases of the firmware will be delayed, or simply that Jobs is in no rush to upgrade his phone. The v3.2 firmware must effectively be finished at this stage in order to prepare for the iPad launch on April 3rd.