Question: I have been sending myself pictures taken from an iPhone or iPod Touch through email and I find this a bit tiresome. Is there an easy way to transfer the files to my Mac?
Answer: Of course. You may be surprised to hear this, but your mobile device can be treated as a camera.
I suggest that you use the Image Capture application, located in the Applications folder on any Mac that has Mac OS X installed. Launch this app and connect your device to your computer with its USB cable.
Image Capture will then recognize your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad as a camera. The only thing you need to do is to select the pictures you want to transfer by clicking on them. To select multiple pics, keep the Command/Apple key pressed on the keyboard and select them one by one.
If you want to pick a different folder than the default photo import folder, enlarge the window to unveil extra options. You will see the Import To pop-up menu appear. Click on it and select Other, to choose the destination folder.
Click on Import if you want to transfer a limited selection of pictures. If you want to transfer everything, hit Import All.
Note that in the bottom left corner, Image Capture handles the settings as to what to do when you connect your device to the Mac. If you want a specific app to launch when your device is detected, this is the place to change it. I personally set this to No application so nothing pops up in my face…