Here’s a nice way to start the year – dealing with iPhone bugs.
- A photo taken during Xmas eve had no EXIF tags whatsoever
- Two photos taken on Dec 31st 2008 had the date one year in the future:
$ jhead IMG_0353.JPG File name : IMG_0353.JPG File size : 817115 bytes File date : 2009:01:02 12:01:37 Camera make : Apple Camera model : iPhone Date/Time : 2009:12:31 15:45:53 Resolution : 1200 x 1600 Aperture : f/2.8 GPS Latitude : N XXd XX.XXm 0s GPS Longitude: W Xd XX.XXm 0s Comment : AppleMark
Although I have CameraBag installed, none of those was taken (or otherwise manipulated) with it or any other third-party app, since I seldom use anything but the camera (and even when I use CameraBag, I like to have the originals around).
Given that firmware 2.2 is apparently rife with image handling bugs, I suppose this isn’t too surprising, but since I archive all my photos by date using jhead and a few helper scripts, this drops a very large spanner in the workings of my photo workflow.
(One could argue that images taken with an iPhone aren’t really “photography”. but all my years dealing with EXIF and phones tell me that if there is one thing that you absolutely need to get right on those are the time-stamps – otherwise, taking photos with your mobile as a memory aid becomes rather pointless.)
I fully intend to file this on Radar, but only after searching OpenRadar to see if there are any dupes. Still, I would suggest that you take a good look at the photos you’ve been importing into iPhoto from your own phone, preferably using jhead or a similar non-Apple utility (although iPhoto and Preview also display the same erroneous dates).
And now I am going to go back and check the other 230-odd photos, matching them against my memory of when they were taken…