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File path question. Please advise: iPhone/var/mobile/Media/PhotoData/Thumbnails/V2/PhotoData/CPLAssets/

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Currently I'm dealing with a iPhone iOS 13.3.1 where i found the following location. 

iPhone/var/mobile/Media/PhotoData/Thumbnails/V2/PhotoData/CPLAssets/group349/XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX.JPG/5003.JPG (39809 bytes)

I am new to this community but have a few questions.  If someone will be so kind as to point me in the right direction I would appreciate it.

1) What does each part of this file path mean?  I believe that photos are normally on the DCMI filepath correct? Is this simply thumbnails of the images contained in the DCMI folder or are these separate images?

2) More detailed, what does each part of the file path mean?  "photodata","thumbnails","V2","CPLAssets", "GroupXXX", etc.

3) I have notices that most everything ends in 5003.jpg.  What is the reason for this?  Whereas on the DCMI they are sequentially numbered.  

Thanks so much!

Topic starter Posted : 29/08/2020 5:30 am
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This file path should only appear if the iPhone is logged into an iCloud account and have media files stored within their iCloud account. In this case, it sounds like both are true. 

The media files stored on the iCloud are made available for the user to view in the form of the 5003.jpg file. 5003.jpg is the thumbnail of the image and if you only have this version of the file, it indicates that the user has not accessed the media file to view the original (full sized) image. If you do have the full sized image, then the user has accessed the 5003.jpg file which, in turn, makes the device download the original image from the iCloud for the user to view. 

"2) More detailed, what does each part of the file path mean?  "photodata","thumbnails","V2","CPLAssets", "GroupXXX", etc."

"Photodata" - photo stuff
"Thumbnails" - Thumbnails of full sized photos
"V2" - I don't know and don't think it matters that much
"CPLAssets" - This shows that iCloud is being used
"GroupXXX" - I don't know and don't think it matters that much

To summarise:
If you see CPLAssets, it means iCloud is being used and these photographs are related to it. 
5003.jpg is the thumbnail of the original image, and if you don't have the original image then the user has not actively viewed the image on this device. 

Posted : 10/09/2020 2:32 pm
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Thanks @ripehype!

Topic starter Posted : 17/09/2020 3:06 am