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Steve Jobs touts superiority of iPhoto over Picasa

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.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    What?????

    A CEO for a corporation touting it's products over competitors? I don't believe this! How is this not front page news on all the main news web sites? What should we expect from those liberally biased sites anyway.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -12

    Oh....

    but that really doesn't help the majority of potential and real iPad users. You know, those wacky people who still own Windows-based PCs.

  1. igroucho

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    "What?????"

    So now U finally drawn this intelligent conclusion U can move on to a better and less Apple-biased site. I don't know why U hang on here - let us fanboys play in peace in our sandbox... No matter how much U bully here; nothing's gonna change, ever. Jobs commenting in an email to a customer will always be news (ie on an apple-cenric site).

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Attempted sarcasm...?

    I'm sure you tried to make sarcasm, but the point of this article wasn't that Jobs is recommending iPhoto over Picasa; it is just that another one of his one-liner e-mail responses to ordinary people has made its way to the public.

    We don't know how often Jobs replies to messages sent by ordinary people. We do know that when he does it, his response is very terse, very direct and to the point. He never uses PR speak ("No planned support at this point in time"), instead stating plainly "No.", often followed by some short comment ("iPhoto on the Mac has much better Faces and Places features"). Same thing when he replied about the question regarding missing FireWire on Unibody MacBook ("Actually, all of the new HD camcorders of the past few years use USB 2"). Or when somebody complained about the Mac Pro 8800GT compatibility issue ("I suggest you calm down. Everyone knows the issue and it is being worked.").

    Many people enjoy hearing about these 'sightings' of JS, even if via e-mail. Actual content of them isn't as much of an issue.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Wow

    That response is still completely off-topic. Sure, Faces and Places is great, but what's the reason a Picassa album couldn't be treated like an old iPhoto album from before they had Faces and Places, and just scan the faces and enter the places like you had to do anyway? If importing an album from Picassa saves the user from having to organize their events and re-enter a bunch of useful tags, then obviously the right thing to do would be to make the user's life easier, not have them start from scratch. Leave the user out of corporate politics!

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Who's on beta?

    " Jobs is continuing to use v3.1.2 firmware on his iPhone"

    Why would a CEO be using anything other than than the most solid platform for anything? Steve is not a beta tester. Keep in mind that until 10.1 our man was working on Openstep on a Canon* laptop.

    (* I'm not so sure about it being Canon, but my mind seems to insist. It was just a.n.other 486 laptop.)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Re: Attempted sarcasm

    We don't know how often Jobs replies to messages sent by ordinary people. We do know that when he does it, his response is very terse, very direct and to the point.
    ...
    Many people enjoy hearing about these 'sightings' of JS, even if via e-mail. Actual content of them isn't as much of an issue.


    Seriously? People 'enjoy' hearing about these 'sightings'? Sorry, once you start going into such words, one has to wonder whether you kneel and pray to a visage of Mr. Jobs himself 5 times a day.W

    What's next. Stories of people who've touched Steve Jobs as he walked down the street? Perhaps people who see images of Steve in their grilled cheese sandwich?

    Wait, I think I saw that picture of Jobs on the article start crying! OMG, it's a sign!

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