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Apr 12, 2001

During its "Far out" event on Wednesday, Apple said that over three trillion photos were taken worldwide on iPhone last year, proving that the iPhone is always "ready to quickly and effortlessly capture your life's moments."


The statistic was shared during the keynote by Caron Thor, a senior manager at Apple for camera quality. The three trillion photos taken across all iPhones last year include those captured for Apple's popular Shot on ‌iPhone‌ campaign, which promotes photos taken by ‌iPhone‌ users by featuring them on Instagram, Apple's website, and billboards worldwide.

Hoping to continue the iPhone's momentum in photography, Apple has made significant strides in the camera on the iPhone 14, especially the higher-end iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The new higher-end cameras feature wider sensors, an all-new 48MP Wide camera, and more.

Article Link: Apple Says Over 3 Trillion Photos Were Taken on iPhone Last Year
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macrumors 65816
Oct 23, 2007
more interesting: how did they obtain these stats? I didn't know they know how many shots I take...

it will be an educated guess based on how many photos were synced to icloud.
the only other way would be if the phone was sending user data back to apple everytime someone used the camera app, which wouldn't be very privacy minded, and apple would never do that......
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macrumors regular
Mar 25, 2010
Lovely… so why did you kill Aperture and force us to use Photos to edit all those glorious pictures one by one?

Call it Photos Pro for all I care but bring back the catalogue and editing functionality of Aperture


macrumors 65816
Oct 13, 2021
more interesting: how did they obtain these stats? I didn't know they know how many shots I take...
In addition to some other comments, I haven't seen anyone mention how location services is enabled by default for the camera app which is essentially geotag location data. So since it's buried in the settings menu most leave it on and there goes your camera data.


macrumors 601
Feb 10, 2019
It’s nice that Apple knows exactly how many photos everyone has taken and I bet they could tell us exactly what the photos are of 😂😂
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macrumors member
Nov 29, 2011
At least 2 trillion of those were made of recycled poses in front of mostly the same points of interest and monuments. Has anyone figured out the carbon footprint of over 3 trillion photos and their relative percentage of uploads to the cloud for either posterity or social media? :apple:o_O😂


macrumors 6502
Apr 15, 2012
Yeah they were secretly snooping on your photos obviously and to show how brazen they are, they put out this statement to announce their evil secret plan as well.
I never said anything about content insight. But metadata is still data and sometimes, more intimate than the contents of the data it belongs to.
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