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What does the Apple .aae file extension stand for? I presume it stands for something, as file extensions usually do.

Arbitrary Apple Extension is my best guess, but Google offers no results.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I’m voting to close this question because it have nothing to do with photography. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 25, 2021 at 7:30

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The file Info dialog in macOS Monterey says aae stands for "Apple Adjustments and Edits Sidecar".

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.AAE File Extension

An AAE file contains edits made to an image using the Photos app on an iOS device. It is used to transfer non-destructive edits a user has made to .JPG images in iOS to the macOS system. AAE files can be found accompanying the images for which they contain edits.

What is File Extension AAE and How Do You Open It

An .AAE file is simply the edits that have been made to an existing photo on an Apple device. An AAE file can be deleted without erasing the actual photo, but you will lose all edits you have made to the file. The edit data is saved in an XML format that can be easily viewed in a text editor like Notepad.

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    \$\begingroup\$ OP asks what aae stands for, not what it is. \$\endgroup\$
    – xiota
    Jan 25, 2021 at 22:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for your answer, but I'm asking what it stands for. \$\endgroup\$
    – user97176
    Jan 25, 2021 at 22:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ Apple may be the only place to get a satisfactory answer. What is the reason for knowing what it stands for, does knowing help in any way in using or working .aae files? Will knowing solve a photographic problem that may be better address with another question. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alaska Man
    Jan 25, 2021 at 23:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ My guess is Apple Aperture Extension. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alaska Man
    Jan 25, 2021 at 23:36
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AA probably stands for Apple Aperture, which was probably the origin of the format. Apple Aperture has been discontinued. E may stand for Edit, since the file contains image edit history. But no one really knows, so it's an Arbitrary Apple Extension.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Is that a definitive probably? ;) \$\endgroup\$
    – Alaska Man
    Jan 28, 2021 at 3:30

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