Photoshop: Save for Web only saves at 72DPI

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I still use "COMMAND OPTION SHIFT E" to save for web. It's a legacy 'save for web' function but has the added bonus of deleting metadata and camera info. Unfortunately it only churns out 72dpi and I am now usually asked to deliver 150dpi images for web (higher res screens), so can't use this shortcut anymore and unsure how to wipe camera data manually. I've unsuccessfully tried to use a third party app but had issues with color conversion. Will PS consider bringing "COMMAND OPTION SHIFT E" back? I've never understood why they got rid of it. An updated version would be amazing with different resolution output options.
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1. For web use, PPI IS IRRELEVANT. Computers do NOT use this data for anything, and anyone asking you for "150dpi" is hopelessly ignorant about web graphics.

2. Deleting the metadata also deletes the stored resolution tags. They are saved in a couple of different places in a file. There are a bunch of different metadata tags available, some of which you might want to preserve.

3. When a graphics viewer opens a file without ppi information, it makes a default determination. Many viewers assign 72ppi but again, it doesn't matter unless you print the image.

4. "PPI" is pixels per inch and what images are set to. "DPI" is dots per inch and what printers use.
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Thanks for taking the time to reply. My understanding was that iPhones display more resolution now - across the board publication are asking to deliver 150ppi JPGs. For print of course, delivering 300 / CMYK TIFs. As for metadata, I need to strip camera info (everything from aperture to camera model to lens to shutter speed). If I save via FILE / SAVE AS / ETC it maintains that info, if I use the "save for web" legacy output, it gets rid of it. 
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For iPhone display, PPI IS IRRELEVANT. It doesn't matter if its 1ppi or 10000000000000ppi. It will display EXACTLY the same way onscreen.

Why are you creating press images with Save for Web?

Finally, I just told you. PPI data is part of the metadata. If you strip it out, you lose PPI. So you have a choice. Strip it and get the default from an image viewer, or leave it.

Regardless, the ONLY time its used is in a print program.
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Ok, there's no need to be so aggressive or frustrated.I'm a fashion photographer, I deliver images for magazines weekly.  I'm simply relaying what I am being asked to deliver across the board (images are online/ipad/phones). Writing via my husband's adobe account...  I have always delivered 72ppi - and that's what I have on my own website I understand your point, and that it doesn't make sense. I am being asked from editors to deliver 150. Anyway, when someone saves the image, and hits command + I they can see the camera. When I output via "save for web" that info is gone. If I'm given a spec to deliver, I deliver it. I don't debate clients. Forget it, I just prefer people to see the image not the camera. 
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Did some digging around and "export as" achieves the same effect as "save for web" - option to strip info. 
To your earlier points, great article here:

https://www.photografica.com.au/image-size-resolution-and-resizing-images-for-the-web/
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You can just ignore the ppi setting. As for metadata, you can choose what to save with the file in both Export and SFW.