Preparing for an upgrade to a new iPhone or for iOS 8 on an existing iPhone
Apple’s much anticipated iOS 8 was released just two days prior to the scheduled arrival of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smart phones.
If you intend to upgrade to one of the new iPhones, it is highly recommended that you backup your current iPhone to ensure no loss of personal data. The same advice holds true if you are planning to upgrade to the new operating system on your existing iPhone. In fact, if you intend to only upgrade the operating system, you will probably need to free up some space on your iPhone to make room for the upgrade.
The normal procedure is to use the standard iTunes backup option. While that works well, many photographers also want a backup of their photographs in a more useable format rather than in Apple’s discreet backup code.
Enter Image Capture, an application that is part of the MAC OS operating system. It is very intuitive, and just like iTunes, recognizes your iDevice as soon as you connect it via a USB port. In the pull-down window under Connecting this iPhone opens: select Image Capture. Then select the pull-down window specifying the folder Pictures and create a new subfolder more specific to your task, e.g. 20140918 iPhone pix download. And last, Import All or select specific photos to download.
After backing up your photos to a MAC AND verifying that all photos are intact on the MAC, you can delete your photos from your iPhone, thereby freeing up space for an upgrade to iOS 8.
That’s it. Your iPhone photos are backed up. And they are backed up in a useable format in a user-specified location on you MAC computer.
I only wish there were a comparable application for backing up text messages from the iPhone in a useable format to a MAC.