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Users of iOS iPhoto may lose Journals, Books, Slideshows in iOS 8

updated 03:04 pm EDT, Fri July 25, 2014

App to be discontinued

Beginning with iOS 8 beta 4, Apple is warning owners of iPhoto for iOS that some features may not make the transition to its replacement, at least at first. Much as with iPhoto on the Mac, users will eventually be migrated over to an all-new, native Photos app, a huge overhaul of the existing iOS Photos app. When trying to run iPhoto in the current beta of iOS 8, an error message now appears stating that iPhoto isn't supported; instead, people are offered the choice to migrate data to Photos, with the exception of "layouts and text added to Books, Journals and Slideshows."

A "Learn More" button is also present, but non-functional at present. The message's frequency isn't consistent; in some cases, testers are still seeing a more generic "iPhoto is not supported on iOS 8" without any options. Migration was actually introduced in the first iOS 8 beta, but was non-optional at the time, and missing any indications of what would change in the process. Apple has previously said that Photos on the Mac would use a similar library structure to the existing iPhoto and Aperture libraries, but this may not apply to the iOS version.

Apple may be abandoning complex printing and presentation features for its photo apps, at least on iOS, though the features could conceivably reappear in future editions (as happened with a number of features in Pages, Numbers and Keynote). It discontinued its Cards app some time ago, and the photo world in general has become increasingly digital-only.

In many cases, photos are shot exclusively for sharing on social networks, making things like books and journals irrelevant. There remain plenty of third-party printing services that can use pictures from iOS or the Mac to lay out and create books, calendars, and other printed material, but the loss of the slideshow feature -- even temporarily -- in a revamped Photos would likely anger some users.

by MacNN Staff



  1. LenE

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 05-19-04

    I hope this isn't signaling the end of making books. My wife makes annual books with pictures of our kids, to send to computer-illiterate family across the country. You just can't expect everyone to want to be on Facebook or any of the other reverse-stalking platforms for the self-important.

    This would take the tangible option off the table, leaving only the ephemeral digital sharing of photos.

  1. thawk9455

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    Joined: 07-25-14

    Or you could just use Shutterfly or any of the other services that offer the same capabilities with more options...

  1. chimaera

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 04-08-07

    Ah, the good old days. When you can run the program of your choice on your computer. Where the OS doesn't check a blacklist, and give bogus error messages.

    So a later OS is coming. Run the previous version of iPhoto and let us be. Most of the programs on my desktop are not "supported by Apple", and that does not concern me.

  1. LenE

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    Joined: 05-19-04

    Having recently gone through the "New" iWork suite debacle, I have no appetite for a repeat. Yes, iWork has greatly improved from what was foisted on us with Maverick's debut, but that didn't make the transition look any less incompetent. Especially since there was no clear warning about replacing existing files with versions that would no longer work on prior versions. Where is the fallback for documents that have been moved to iCloud?

    Photos is supposed to replace and supplant iPhoto. It is tied to the cloud, so it will most likely be an all or nothing move. When iCloud stops supporting iPhoto, what do you do?

  1. LenE

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    Joined: 05-19-04

    The context I missed including, is that the new iWork was pushed by the changes in the iOS version. I use both OS X and iOS versions. There was no fall-back.

    As is seen in the screenshot above, iOS 8 does not support iPhoto. This implies that it will require a switch on iCloud's iPhoto libraries to the new Photo app. This would imply that you cannot maintain the old iPhoto when Photo comes out, as it would break iCloud's sharing of the photo library between iOS, OS X, and the web.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Wow, LenE, panic and jump the gun much?

    It's early days, I somehow doubt that Photos will not have slideshow ability. I also doubt that iPhotos (for the Mac) will stop working anytime soon, or that Apple will make Photos incompatible with those still on iPhoto on the Mac. It's certainly possible that Apple will withdraw support for Books, Calendars (etc) in Photos, but given the number of very aggressive third-party services for these products you will doubtless see plug-ins offered that replicate that functionality.

    In short, I think this is more of a case of moving the furniture around a bit a losing a few extraneous pieces rather than the wholesale bonfire you seem to think it is. Maybe let's see what happens when Photos actually comes out of beta before rushing to judgement, eh? There's no law that requires you to move to iOS 8 or anything, you know ...

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