Sure, the iPhone can not cope with the image quality of a good digital camera … but it’s great for snapshots and ShakeItPhoto- or Hipstamatic-experiments. That’s why I’m collecting a lot of pictures on my iPhone from time to time. Sometimes I sync the pictures with iPhoto. But I’m not always using the delete-after-import feature. The current version of iPhoto does not have any problems with that if you use the “Hide Photos Already Imported” option: iPhoto just ignores the old photos and only downloads the previews of the new ones in the import section.
But there is no way to delete all or a selection of these old photos in iPhoto, iTunes or on the iPhone. But the only solution to delete these photos one-by-one on the iPhone is not working with hundrets of photos. So, what to do?
Every Mac ships with a standard Apple utility which helps you out 🙂 It’s called “Image Capture” (or on German Mac OS X systems “Digitale Bilder”). This utility shows all images on the iPhone. You can select all or only a selection of these pictures and you’re able to delete them right away! Here is how to:
- Connect your iPhone via USB with your Mac.
- If iTunes or iPhoto starts, wait for the sync, and press the iPhone-disconnect button within the itunes window. Make sure, that you quit iTunes and iPhoto.
- Open “Image Capture” from the applications folder.
- Select your iPhone in the left column and a list of the iPhone photos will be displayed on the right.
- Select the photos, you want to delete – or select all pictures by pressing command-A.
- Now press on the red delete button just beneath the list. If you’re sure, that you want to delete the pictures you can confirm the deletion. WARNING: You cannot recover the deleted photos – so be sure, that you imported them to iPhoto before!