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iCloud.com Photos App Gains New Uploading Capabilities

Following two weeks of testing on the iCloud beta site for developers, the consumer-facing iCloud.com site has gained support for uploading images to iCloud Photo Library (via iFun.de [Google Translate]).

Before the addition of the new uploading tool, the standard iCloud.com site allowed users to view all of their iCloud Photo Library images, as well as download and delete them, but it did not have a tool to allow users to upload photos captured with non-Apple devices.

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New toolbar with upload support on iCloud.com site at top, previous iCloud.com toolbar on bottom

The new uploading feature on the iCloud.com site makes it possible to upload JPGs, but as with the beta feature, other image and video formats like .PNG, .MOV, .AVI, .MP4, and more are not supported. When a file is uploaded to the site, it syncs instantly to all of a user's iOS devices, much like a photo taken on an iPhone or iPad or added to iCloud Photo Library via the iOS Photos app.

Currently in beta and introduced alongside iOS 8.1, iCloud Photo Library stores all of the photos and videos that a user takes in iCloud, making them available on all iOS devices and Macs. iCloud Photo Library images can be viewed in the Photos app on iOS or through iCloud.com on the Mac, and the upcoming Photos app that Apple is creating for Macs will also work with iCloud Photo Library.

Users should be aware that photos uploaded to iCloud Photo Library use iCloud storage space. Apple offers 5GB of storage space for free, with additional plans ranging from $0.99 for 20GB of storage space to $19.99 for 1TB of storage space.


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21 months ago
Still waiting for the new Photos app.

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Jennifer Lawrence can't say the same.

Sorry, I had to say it.

Any update to iCloud is a good one. In the last few weeks I've looked into using it more due to its security.

Rating: 5 Votes
21 months ago

Where is the Photos app for OSX??? :eek:

In 2015, right where you were told it was.

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WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY must you force syncing photos to all devices?!?!?
I don't want all my devices to have all the exact same content on them.

The whole point of storing my photos in iCloud Photo should be to NOT HAVE TO STORE them on my mobile devices and free up space.

I want to store photos in iCloud and then be able to access them from my phone or tablet through a browser or app when I want, and then choose whether or not I would like to upload chosen photos to be stored on the device that I want.

iCloud Drive is a joke as well, and from the beginning was incredibly misleading as to how it functions, especially with the photos of the iCloud main folder screen shown on the iPhone.
I asked an apple employee how to access that screen on my iPhone and none of them could figure out how...... because, you can't.

It is not at all a true "cloud storage drive" à la drop box, google drive, etc with direct folder/file access and customization to stored content.
Only specific apps can access / use it.

Why not create a native "iCloud app" to access / manage etc.. iCloud content?

Apple's got this all wrong IMO.

You are incredibly ignorant, please stop talking about this. iCloud photos requires zero local storage to display your entire library, and uses local storage to cache photos only when free local storage is available. Turn on the 'optimize local storage' and grow up. Nobody needs to delete photos from iCloud to free up device space.
Rating: 4 Votes
21 months ago
Asside from its feature-vacuum, here's (https://www.icloud.com/#photos) what I hate about iCloud...

To use Photos, go to iCloud Settings on your iOS device, tap on Photos, and turn on iCloud Photo Library.

I love Macs and iOS devices but I refuse to be locked to a certain device or platform. I refuse to use services which don't utilize all the AMAZING web app goodness available.

Why, with Apple's resources, is iCloud such a joke?
Rating: 3 Votes
21 months ago

Where is the Photos app for OSX??? :eek:


Didn't Apple say that was coming in 2015?
Rating: 3 Votes
21 months ago
no sense at all

WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY must you force syncing photos to all devices?!?!?
I don't want all my devices to have all the exact same content on them.

The whole point of storing my photos in iCloud Photo should be to NOT HAVE TO STORE them on my mobile devices and free up space.

I want to store photos in iCloud and then be able to access them from my phone or tablet through a browser or app when I want, and then choose whether or not I would like to upload chosen photos to be stored on the device that I want.

iCloud Drive is a joke as well, and from the beginning was incredibly misleading as to how it functions, especially with the photos of the iCloud main folder screen shown on the iPhone.
I asked an apple employee how to access that screen on my iPhone and none of them could figure out how...... because, you can't.

It is not at all a true "cloud storage drive" à la drop box, google drive, etc with direct folder/file access and customization to stored content.
Only specific apps can access / use it.

Why not create a native "iCloud app" to access / manage etc.. iCloud content?

Apple's got this all wrong IMO.
Rating: 3 Votes
21 months ago


The whole point of storing my photos in iCloud Photo should be to NOT HAVE TO STORE them on my mobile devices and free up space.


That is what I thought as well, but I have heard more than one person talk about freeing up the storage on your devices using iCloud Photos and they seem to think that your devices will have lower res thumbnails (even though iCloud will have the full resolution picture) and when when you access the thumbnails it will load the full resolution picture. Not sure if that is what they plan on doing but it would make sense.


I have some deeper concerns about switching over to iCloud Photos.

I do not want ALL of my pictures automatically uploaded. I just don't. There are times I save pictures from safari for one off uses, screenshots that I take.

I have all of my family's pictures in an iPhoto library right now and every so often I offload the pictures that are family related only onto my mac and use an automator workflow to tag the file names with the date created and who is in the picture. Then I import them to iPhoto where they live. This is the library that I would want to access anytime and anywhere. If I am automatically uploading pictures straight to iCloud I am junking up my family photo album with all kinds of stuff, and we have no idea how the metadata is handled.

I wish that they would make a separate "camera roll" for screenshots, and the same goes for saved safari (or insert app name here) pictures that would not be automatically included in this.

This is a huge change and they should at least start detailing how the conversion from iPhoto/Aperture is going to happen to Photos for people who have years invested in organizing their photos in Apples ecosystem. It is absolutely insane to me that they aren't coming out with these at the same time (for iOS and the Mac), yes I am the guy you previous posts were talking about. The release of iOS 8 and iCloud Drive separate from Yosemite screwed enough people over and I am sure there are people who don't know what they are doing will turn this on iOS 8 first and then when they turn it on their computer they will have all kinds of duplicates from having imported the pictures from their camera roll and never deleting it off of their phone.

I have used iPhoto since it was introduced and have multiple libraries. I understand that iPhoto will be able to be used for awhile but eventually everything will have to be migrated out of iPhoto to be used either in Photos or an Alternative like Lightroom. I would like to continue to use Apple's software, but I will have to wait on this to see how much of a disaster or how well it goes.
Rating: 3 Votes
21 months ago

So the choice is degradated copies of everything or original copies of everything? :eek:



That's just not going to work for a lot of people.



As soon as you view an image it is downloaded in full quality. So you're wrong.
Rating: 3 Votes
21 months ago

Have you even opened the settings pane for it? That's what the per-device setting of "Optimize iPhone Storage" is for. Snap a photo, original in full quality is uploaded to iCloud, and only a cached thumbnail remains on the device. Otherwise turn on "Download and keep originals".


So the choice is degradated copies of everything or original copies of everything? :eek:

That's just not going to work for a lot of people.
Rating: 2 Votes
21 months ago

First of all, this is an open forum, so I'll talk about whatever I feel like talking about.

That's a shame, others try to stay on topic and have an actual conversation.

I understand how the option to turn on maximization and the whole "low res" thing works.

No, you don't, and you've obviously never tried it either.

And as far as telling people to grow up, I recall you being the only person calling names like a child and trying to tell people what they should or should not be doing, so you might want to take your own advise on that one.

I haven't called anyone names, I've pointed out that you are ignorant and don't know how this works, which is the truth. Sometimes the truth hurts.
Rating: 2 Votes
21 months ago

At some point the people here are going to turn this on and look for themselves and see you're mistaken. You're beating people up without understanding yourself what iCloud Photo Library is doing. Several times you have said it requires no local storage. You're wrong. Optimize will reduce the local storage usage by storing a thumbnail sized photo on your device allowing you to scroll through your photos. Once you see the one you like the phone will download a medium sized photo for better viewing. A third photo resolution is downloaded if you choose to edit or share at full size. After a while (not sure how long) the medium sized photo will reduce again to its previous thumbnail size.

My main sticking points are these. I feel from reading your replies that you have it in mind that you can't be bothered to address peoples questions yet you do with a tone that is unnecessary. Secondly you reply with false information in a tone that is unnecessary. If you want to see how much space is being used by your photos click on settings, usage and look at the photo space taken. I have found I'm currently using about 800MB for 4300 photos that in full are about 7.5GB on the iCloud drive space. If you have 50GB of photos you would need about 5GB of space on your device for the thumbnails.

All I can say is I hope Samsung pays their bloggers well, because in three months when people can upload their entire 100 GB library off their Mac and see it working with every photo visible on all their devices, even ones with no free space, you will be exposed. The space listed in settings is irrelevant as it adjusts dynamically based on available space.
Rating: 2 Votes

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