Transfer photos from 10.6.8 to iPad Air

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Jardins de Vin, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. Jardins de Vin macrumors 6502a

    Jardins de Vin

    Nov 6, 2012
    Hello everyone,

    I am meeting a politician from my city on Monday, who I have to show a series of important photos that I've shot. They are around 425 photos of a serious issue.

    The problem is that my Mac Pro has no working graphics card anymore and I don't have the time to get one before Monday.
    I shot the photos with a camera and then copied all the images to my fathers MacBook. It's an old MacBook 7,1 running 10.6.8, so no Airdrop, and Bluetooth between both devices doesn't work either. (therefore I guess 3rd party apps like Pic Share It won't work either because they use Bluetooth)

    My idea was to upload all the pictures from his laptop so something such as Dropbox or Flickr, but our internet is terribly slow and the pictures are too big – it would take way too long. (it's a little over 1GB in total) I actually already started doing that but stopped.

    Is there another, fast way of copying the 1GB of photos to my iPad?
    I was thinking of syncing the photos with his MacBook. But I'm not sure if that works. Would it be possible? Here some things you should know:

    - My Mac Pro is the only computer my iPad was ever synced with
    - I haven't had my Mac Pro working since July 2015 anymore, therefore everything on it (10,000 photos, 700 videos,…) haven't been backed up yet since last July
    - Will connecting my iPad and syncing it with his MacBook delete all the stuff on my iPad?
    - Is there a way doing this without copying my photos and all my stuff on his computer?
    - Is there a way to perhaps connect the iPad with USB to his computer, and just drag and drop a folder to the iPad so it appears in my camera roll?

    Or do you perhaps know any other solutions?

    This is very important for me and I'd be very very thankful for any tips!!

    Cheers! Good weekend!
  2. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Why do you need to use your iPad?

    Your father's MacBook is fairly portable, I think. :D
    If the pictures are already on that Macbook - why not use that to show the pictures?
  3. Jardins de Vin thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jardins de Vin

    Nov 6, 2012
    Haha yes, that's true, that's what he recommended as well if nothing works.

    But I need to prepare a PDF document with the photos with pages and he doesn't have any apps to do that. Actually the document I have write is already prepared with photos, but I need to add them to it.

    Also zooming is easier. I need to zoom into a lot of details which is more handy with the iPad, and the screen resolution is much higher too.

    Lastly, I need the pics on my iPad anyway because I'll need them after my meeting as well.

    So there's no way by USB cable somehow? Will it always delete my photos?
  4. vista980622 macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2012

    No jailbreak needed.

    1) Close the Photos app from your iPad.

    2) Manually copy every picture into the Camera Roll folder under var/mobile/Media/DCIM/1XXAPPLE with iFunbox. War

    3) Delete the sqlite database of your iPad's Camera Roll. You will not lose any picture, but will lose Album organizations and needs to rebuild database.

    4) Tap to open the Photos app on your iPad. Your iPad will rebuild the photo library with these newly imported pictures.
  5. notrack macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2012
    I don't think you'll need to sync the device. It schould work via usb and iTunes with any third party app that supports documens / files via iTunes. For example Documents, but there are many more. Connect the ipad and navigate to it in iTunes. On the apps page, scroll down to the section where you can select apps that allow for dragging files from Finder into them. Just drag & drop your photos in to that app, no sync needed. The photos won't be in the camera roll but you can use that third party app to present them just as well.
  6. KoolAid-Drink macrumors 65816

    Sep 18, 2013
    If all fails, upload the photos to Dropbox then download them that way (using the Dropbox app) on your iPad.

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