Two interesting job advertisements have popped up on Apple’s recruitment website which indicate Apple is thinking about iOS users managing massive photo libraries in the future. The company is advertising for a Camera Data Dominator and a Sync Guru for the Photos application on iOS. Roughly translated, the Data Dominator position will be responsible for ‘laying the groundwork for the future where photo libraries are huge, yet need to be fast and dynamic’. The Sync Guru will be responsible for developing shared Photo Streams, a significant component of iOS 6.
Linking these two posts together, Apple is obviously looking forward to a time when there will be huge photo libraries stored on iOS devices that need to respond quickly and sync seamlessly between devices. This almost certainly refers to an increase in the onboard storage capacity for the iPhone and iPad in the coming months, with 128GB likely becoming the high end storage capacity. This will have to be the case to not only accommodate the photos and videos taken by a user, but the viewing of shared Photo Streams. As the camera sensor in iOS devices increases in power, as do the file sizes of the photos it generates, and onboard storage is already a concern for many people with an iOS device.
In terms of speed of access, certainly iPhoto on OS X has been criticized in the past for being poor at managing large collections of photos and Apple could be looking to avoid the same thing happening in the Photos application for iOS devices, particularly in the context of sharing.