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Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media
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Great tool for taking photos beyond device's camera roll.

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Educational Value

In iPhoto, kids can learn to digitally edit, organize, and share their photos with family and friends. The extensive filter, color-correction, and cropping tools let kids use images to better tell a visual story. The app is an efficient and engaging way to make the most of an iOS device's built-in photo album. The connection with iCloud makes iPhoto especially valuable as an easy way for kids to create a quick Web page from a simple gallery of photos. Although iPhoto wasn't designed for education, it has very good learning potential and is a great way to edit, organize, and publish photos in the iOS ecosystem.

Ease of Play

iPhoto has great built-in tools for organizing, editing, and sharing photos. Features are intuitive and extensive.


One built-in feature allows users to buy physical versions of their photos, but this isn't required to use the app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that iPhoto is a phone and tablet version of the photo-editing and -organization program designed for the Mac. Kids can use it to organize their photos into albums, edit their photos, or present their photos in new digital and physical products. 

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What's it about?

IPHOTO is a phone and tablet version of Apple's photo-organization and -editing app. Most of the features from the Mac version are included here, and they've been updated to work seamlessly with a touchscreen. The photo-editing features are extensive: Users can apply filters, adjust exposure and color balance, and sharpen and soften an image. These features go far beyond the simple cropping and adjustments available in the device's built-in photo album, and they're elegant and intuitive to use.

Is it any good?

iPhoto seems to have more and more features the more you use it. There are great tools for editing photos and creating presentations, and those features include layers of helpful options. Although some users might prefer to edit photos with a mouse or stylus, iPhoto for iOS is thoughtfully designed to make it easy to make changes and then undo them, if needed. It's easy to import and share images, whether kids choose to work solely on their devices or share their work online or in the cloud.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about storytelling. How can pictures tell a story? Consider creating an album of photos around a theme or an event. 

  • How does changing an image change its meaning? Does using a filter or cropping a photo change it?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: photography
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Price: $4.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: April 3, 2014
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Size: 287.00 MB
  • Publisher: Apple
  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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