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iOS: Edited photos show original photo after import or in other apps

Symptoms

If you edit a photo using the Photos app and then import that photo to your computer, or if you try to view the photo using another iOS app, the photo might display the original, unedited version.

Resolution

Apple uses Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP), a standard created by Adobe, for nondestructive photo editing. XMP allows you to undo edits and to revert back to an original photo without the loss of quality. Displaying the edited photo requires OS X v10.9 or later and software that can read XMP. The following applications support XMP:

  • iPhoto 9.5 or later
  • iPhoto for iOS
  • Aperture 3 or later
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements

Other photo-management applications and some iOS apps may also display XMP.

Your photo-management application will display the original photo if it can't read XMP. To see the edited photo on your computer, email the photo to yourself from your device, then copy the photo from your email application to your photo application.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Dec 9, 2013
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