Lightroom 2015.8 - Import from iPhone looking at modified date - can't spot duplicates

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My iPhone has decided to find faces in photos and videos - this has resulted in 1000s of images having their modified date changed - LR is so idiotically programmed that it looks at modified-on data rather than the proper capture time (that is still there in file). This results in masses of duplicates, and hundreds of photos randomly being placed in the wrong folders on import. This is a horrendous issue in my workflow, and makes LR completely useless. I can see problems stretching back years re dates, but any chance of getting this fixed?
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To clarify, are you importing these through the Import dialog (in which case, why did you let it import thousands of photos you knew were duplicates?) or though Lightroom mobile? Or through another means? We should be able to help you find the problem duplicates to delete them.

As far as the bug goes, duplicate checking doesn't just look at the date. It also looks at the name and file size. Since your phone updated the metadata, the file size likely changed slightly - and technically Lightroom was correct, it's no longer an exact duplicate. But yes, more control over duplicate detection and removal would be useful for this kind of scenario. I've had similar issues with raw files, when I've added gps data after import, although I stopped before importing them.
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Hi Victoria, I have seen this problem when Lightroom mobile brings images from my Android phone into Lightroom classic via the sync process. The date and time is messed up. Additionally I frequently help people using iPhones and Lightroom classic and Lightroom is using the date modified not the date the image was captured. It sounds like this has been the way it is for some time. Do you know when it will be fixed? It seems a glaring and important bug.
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I don't I'm afraid Alastair. 
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I have this problem as well, photos that I have already imported and from 2015 are all now showing up as the "capture date" being today. There are 160 photos for today when I have according to my phone only taken 20 photos this morning. If I import them with the import changing the file name to be the YYYYMMDD-filename then it puts the correct year, month and day on the new file name so lightroom does actually know what the actual time this photo was taken as just the selection of which folder and sorting by capture time is wrong

I have an iPhone 6.
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