I have a still fully useable iPhone 3G (2008). I take snapshots daily, and used to put them into iPhoto on my 2008 white MacBook with OS X 10.5.8.

Recently, I started using a 2012 MacBook Pro (not Retina) with Mavericks installed, by now Mac OS X 10.9.4.

Ny iPhone and My Mac do not recognize each other. iPhoto does not open when connecting my iPhone. The iPhone is not seen as an external device in Finder.

How can I transfer the 5,000 photos on my iPhone to iPhoto on that Mac?

  • Have you tried opening iPhoto manually with the iPhone connected? It should recognize it. Finder never mounts iPhone camera rolls as volumes.
    – sudo
    Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 3:56
  • there is another App preinstalled on every mac - calles Image Capture - where you can "download" all Images from your iDevice
    – bMalum
    Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 9:16

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Photos Version 1.0.1 (215.65.0) seems to have no way to import from an attached device anymore.

  • The question is about iPhoto actually.
    – nohillside
    Commented Jul 6, 2015 at 8:53

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