.aae are iOS 8 picture's sidecar (just like adobe .xmp) where iphone saves the list of adjustment you made when you edited your picture (jpg manages as a raw with sidecar). Problem is that so far I don't think any desktop editor editor manage this sidecar file yet. It's probably there just to mantain the picture look when you move files from a portable device to another (iphones, ipads...).
So far the only way I found to export the pictures with modifications applied is Airdrop (iphone to Mac). It will render the picture and send a new edited file, but I think it's better to copy also the originals with sidecars since sooner or later we'll have an .aae compatible editor (I hope).
but I think it's better to copy also the originals with sidecars since sooner or later we'll have an .aae compatible editor (I hope).
Right!? But, how do you import the sidecar files to your computer . !Lightroom won't touch them. !Image capture doesn't seem to acknowledge them. Even Apples own !Aperture doesn't seem to know what to do with the files.
Check again. I just imported with Image Capture and the folder was full of AAE files!