No Photos Found when importing from a folder full of .jpg in Lightroom

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Lightroom 5 on Mac OS 10.8.3 can't Add pictures from a folder using the Import tool. Lightroom reports "No photos found" even though the Finder shows many .jpgs in that folder. "Don't import suspected duplicates" is not selected, and "Include Subfolders" is selected. Moving the files to a new folder does not resolve the issue, and I've checked the permissions on both the containing folder and the files themselves, and they are all suitable.
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Even if some other app can open these photos up, they are probably just loading the embedded preview. Try to determine if the jpegs are sound. That is, really make sure that the complete file with a necessary jpeg data is present. There are utilities on the Web you can use for this.
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Jpegs all check out fine. They were all structurally sound.

There does appear to be a bug in Lightroom, though. It turns out that every image that wouldn't show up in the Import dialog was from an iPhone. Since I exported my originals from Aperture to pull into Lightroom, I generated .XMP sidecar files with my metadata.

While this worked perfectly for the rest of my library, something about the .XMP sidecars and iPhone .jpgs doesn't get along in Lightroom. Fortunately these particular images already have all the metadata I need embedded, so I deleted their .XMP pairs. Once I did that, the images all imported.

So, Adobe: There appears to be something buggy in the .XMP reader.
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Or did you by chance have the "Treat JPEGs files next to raw files as separate images unchecked" in preferences?
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I tried it both ways because it seems like a setting that's a common cause of problems, but it didn't work either way. I didn't really expect it to since I have no Raw files, but it was worth a shot.

The rest of the library with their sidecars imported fine, it was just this subset of images taken with an iPhone. I don't know if Adobe watches this site at all, but I can provide samples if it helps.
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