I posted recently about a very welcome new feature in iOS 5 for the iPad – the ability to create new photo albums right on the iPad itself.
It’s a feature that many of us have wanted to see for a long time. While I’m still glad to see this feature added to iOS 5, now that I’ve had some time to use it a bit, I have to say I’m not impressed at all. Here’s the cause of my first ‘This is lame’ moment with this new feature.
I created a few new albums in the Photos app soon after installing the latest iOS 5 beta on my iPad 2. The reason I created the folders (apart from just to test whether it worked) was so that I could better organize and divide up where photos / images are within the Photos app – rather than having them all dumped within the big buckets of Camera Roll, Last Imported and similar.
Once my new albums were created I set about moving some images from the Camera Roll to the appropriate new album – for instance photos of our dog and cat into a new album called ‘Pets’. Right off the bat there was a bit of a glitch. You can’t *move* an image to a new album – you are forced to copy it, which of course is not what I wanted to be doing. Copying as standard practice would soon have photos taking up far more space on my iPad.
Being used to Apple’s ‘fun’ ways of limiting how we can do things in iOS, I thought of the obvious workaround for the inability to move images from one album to another: I would copy the images into the new albums I wanted them in, then delete them from the Camera Roll – a little more work but it would mean that the Camera Roll stays less cluttered and images are only shown in the albums that they are meant to go into.
But No – that cannot be done either. If you choose to delete an image that has been copied to another album in the Camera Roll you get a prompt warning that the image will be deleted in all albums it is in, and asking you to confirm that you want to Delete Everywhere – as see in the screencaps in this post.
It doesn’t matter whether you try to delete images one at a time or in a multi-select action, you always get faced with the ‘Delete Everywhere’ issue.
I’m trying to think of logical reasons why you can copy but not move an image from one album to another, but so far I can’t think of one. For me, this is sort of defeating the purpose of being able to create albums on the iPad. It leaves me right back where I have to use iPhoto on the Mac to do any sort of intelligent organizing of images into albums.
For those of you who are using the iOS 5 betas, or those who are not, I am missing something silly here? Is there a better way to think about this, a good reason why we don’t need to have the option to move rather than copy a photo?