December 9, 2011
Copy iPhone 4S Photos to Windows box
So I went over to the dark side and got this iPhone 4S, which I actually like. But I hate Apple and iTunes more than words can say. So, I was reluctant to even connect the thing to my computer, but finally I did break down and connect it to my new laptop. My laptop runs a Windows 7 64 bit O/S, so I installed iTunes and then I'm not really clear what it did. It indicated that it synced the photos to my desktop, but I couldn't find them of course. No doubt they're forever locked into some proprietary format deep inside of iTunes and, unless they can bring Steve Jobs back from the dead, I'll never be able to simply view my photos as jpg files. That's just a dream, and that, in a nutshell, is why I hate Apple, iTunes, and people that drool about how great Apple is.
I start searching the web, trying to figure out where the photos were hidden, and in what format. I'm reading about the folder named "iPod Photo Cache" and SQLLite backup folder files ending with ".mdbackup" and the iPhone Backup Extractor and I'm so mad I could spit nickels. I want to start killing strangers.
But then, I stumble across this little gem:
7x64 (or any Windows OS that recognizes an iPhone as a USB drive (XP, Vista))
Plug your phone into the PC
Select it from an Explorer window
Click the only thing in the next window until you see pictures
(Internal Storage/DCIM/800AAAAA (could be different for you)
Navigate to the folder you want them in
Original photos TADA!
Yeah, so that worked for me. Basically, you just hook the iPhone up to the PC and open Windows Explorer. Then, keep drilling down into the iPhone until you see the photos. My Apple files are located at:
"Computer\Apple iPhone\Internal Storage\DCIM\860OKMZO"
Control-A and Control-C to copy them. Then Control-V to paste them onto my laptop and voila. Easy peasy. :)
The problem I have now is that I can't rotate the images in Windows 7. With Windows Photo Viewer, the rotate arrows were greyed out at first. Eventually, I realized it was because I was looking at the photos on the iPhone, instead of on my local drive. However, I never was able to get the photos to rotate. Windows 7 is, IMHO, a huge step backwards. I mean, I'm willing to learn a new O/S. I'm not inherently against progress, but every single thing I see in Windows 7 sucks in a big way. They took away the LAN connection icon from the System Tray. It's nearly impossible to connect Windows 7 to a simple Windows Workgroup. And now, I can't even rotate photos? Seriouly? WTF Microsoft? WTF?
Posted by Rob Kiser on December 9, 2011 at 8:31 PM
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