Even though the iOS version of Photos is compatible with the Mac version, the Mac version has much more capability. In this video, Derrick Story shows you in Photos for macOS Mojave.
- [Instructor] One of the things that you might be thinking is hey, I have Photos for iOS on my iPhone. Why do I need Photos for macOS on the computer? Why do I even need to be here? And yeah, that's a legitimate question because yes, Photos for iOS and Photos for macOS work very well together. iCloud connects them but Photos for iOS doesn't have nearly the feature set that Photos for macOS does and a lot of the things that we talk about in this title, you can't do on your iPhone.
I'll give you just some broad brushstrokes right now just to give you a feel for things. So, in terms of organization, the organization is so much easier on the Mac than it is on your iPhone. Now, what we do here, a lot of it will be reflected back to your iPhone but it actually is initiated and set up here, so things like having folders and albums and creating smart albums and all that kind of stuff, it's either much easier to do on the Mac or you just can't do it at all on iOS, so the whole organizational things, media types, all that, much easier here or it's nonexistent on the phone.
Along those lines is search. Search on the Photos for macOS app is much more robust, there's more artificial intelligence, it's just a better search all the way around, so, when you're trying to find an image in a very large library, you're going to have an easier time doing it here on the Mac than you will on your iPhone. Now, with iOS 12, they have improved search in Photos in iOS 12 but it's still not up to the level that we have here on the Mac.
When we get into editing, there are some really big changes. I'll go ahead and go into Edit mode. So, on the iPhone, we do have Light and these sliders. We have Color and we have Black & White but we can't retouch, we don't have red eye, we don't have White Balance, we don't have all this stuff down here and this is a lot of stuff. I mean, this is some really good stuff. For instance, Selective Color, being able to work on just the yellow in a shot or be able to work just on blue in a shot, I mean, that is really nice stuff.
We don't have sharpening in Photos for iOS and we don't have them yet and these are two tools that I use a lot. So, the biggest difference between the two apps, the iOS version and the macOS version, you're really going to see when it comes to image adjustment and image manipulation and it goes even further than that because we have editing extensions in the mac version that allows us to tap these other apps, for example, Luminar, we can tap Luminar, we can tap DxO, we can tap all of these editing extensions and then our power increases even more by these third-party developers.
So, this is stuff that we can do here that you can't do in iOS. There are a few extensions for iOS but nothing, not even close to what we have here in macOS. So, those are just a few things that as your photography grows, this is a better place to nurture it. You have more tools here, we have more versatile tools, you have a bigger screen which does really come in handy when you're doing image editing and things like that and it's just easier overall and the nice thing about it is that all the work that we do here in Photos for macOS Mojave will be reflected back to our iPhone so those images in Photos for iOS will be updated with the changes that we make here and then you just have that work spread everywhere across your iPhone, your iPad, all of that stuff.
Doing that work is easier on the Mac. You can enjoy it everywhere though and that's the beauty of the Apple ecosystem.
- What Photos on the Mac can do that an iPhone can't
- Importing images from your hard drive or camera
- Sorting, organizing, and deleting photos
- Creating Smart Albums
- Using face recognition and the People album
- Capturing and cropping screenshots
- Recording videos with your Mac
- Enhancing and adjusting photos
- Working with live photos and videos
- Working with metadata and location information
- Sharing and exporting photos