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Apple's Photos app was quietly updated over the weekend, adding a new zoom option to the toolbar that lets users zoom in on photos that have been uploaded to iCloud Photo Library.

As noted by German site, Apple's web-based Photos app has also gained a new feature that allows users to send photos via email directly from the website, making sharing photos easier than ever before.

The addition of new zoom and email features follows a major November update to the Photos app, which began allowing users to upload photos to iCloud for the first time. Before the addition of the uploading tool, the standard site only allowed users to view, download, and delete iCloud Photo Library images.

With the uploading tool and new sharing features, iCloud is slowly becoming a viable and useful storage option for users who wish to upload and manage entire photo libraries. Still in beta, iCloud Photo Library was initially introduced alongside iOS 8.1, letting users sync and access all of their photos on all of their iOS devices and Macs via the web.

Apple is working on a Photos app for the Mac, which will work alongside both the Photos app on iOS and the Photos app on the web. Photos, which will replace both Apple's iPhoto app and Aperture, is supposed to be launching in the early months of 2015. There's been little word on its development since its initial June introduction, however.

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54 months ago
Needs more storage

Apple needs to add more free storage. I have two devices and a MBP. 5 GB isn't nearly enough to back up an iPhone and iPad, store photos, emails, and documents.

I know it sounds stupid to shout, "MORE FREE STUFF," but cloud storage is too ubiquitous now to start charging for what competitors offer for free.

Can't we have 5 GB per device or something? We are paying a premium for the hardware.
Rating: 49 Votes
54 months ago
Wheres Photos for Mac?
Rating: 42 Votes
54 months ago
I need the Mac-App! :(
Rating: 18 Votes
54 months ago
Doesn't help that the iCloud web ui sucks.
Rating: 15 Votes
54 months ago
They need to make an app for icloud drive. I still have to upload documents to google drive.
Rating: 10 Votes
54 months ago
Given the track record of Apple's online services it will:
- take 73 days to upload all your photos
- uploading will halt for several days without any explanation, slowly driving you insane.
- the photo collection on your iPhone will be synced as well and will obviously continue to sync while you're away from your wifi network with no option to pause the process. Expect a huge bill from your phone operator.
- 94 photos will refuse to sync without any clue why or how to fix it.
- one day, all your photos will be missing only to magically return the next day. The heart attack is a bonus.
- you can upload jpg and png files, but only photos taken with the iPhoto camera are 100% compatible. Other images sometimes refuse to sync. No explanation is given, they just don't show up in iCloud. You ask yourself why.
- for 15% of your photos, no thumbnail will be generated. Your beautiful photo collection looks horrible. For days you try to make iCloud generate the missing thumbnails.
- when editing some photos, the changes will not propagate to other devices and their status will indefinitely be set to "Waiting..." The only solution is to remove and re-add those photos, but they will no longer be chronologically ordered as a result.
- some iCloud photos will show up on your iPhone but will be missing on your iPad. You don't know why and it's bugging you.
- if you want to make space, you'll have to select each photo you want to delete one by one. Then, they will moved to a "recently deleted" folder where you have to delete them again. Your deleted photos will also remain in your Photos Stream, Camera Roll and Shared Streams where you also have to delete them to make space.

After many frustrations and wasted days, you dump all your photos in Dropbox. Done.
Rating: 10 Votes
54 months ago
Apple has this magical talent of always screwing up their Cloud business. iCloud is one of the most expensive cloud storage services but still it's lacking features and is inflexible as hell. Seriously Apple, MS is offering unlimited cloud storage under $70 a year and you get MS Office as a bonus... Apple needs to stop trying and start doing.
Rating: 8 Votes
54 months ago

Wheres Photos for Mac?

Probably on some servers in Cupertino.:rolleyes:
Rating: 7 Votes
54 months ago

You can't share it with Family Members, which is idiotic. I had purchased the 200 megs plan to test, but then my girlfriend keeps getting a message that her 64Gb iPhone 6 can't be backed up, because there is not enough storage.

I cancelled iCloud, but now it keeps popping up spam asking me to upgrade....

Dropbox and Google Drive, as well as MS's OneDrive are al far better and cheaper options for storage, or just for photos, Smugmug is a better option.

iCloud is expensive and useless, unless you don't know any better.

You can't share extra data with plans from Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive either.

On the pricing side, iCloud and OneDrive are pretty much dead on. You get more raw storage with Dropbox and Google Drive for your money, but you lose some of the integration, device backup, etc. What's going to be important for one user might not be the same for the next, so while it might seem like a rip to you it could be a good way to go for someone else.
Rating: 6 Votes
54 months ago

OneDrive gives you 1TB per user, for up to 5 users, plus full access to MS's apps (Word, Excel, PPT, etc.) for $99 per year

It's actually unlimited storage now :) (and you can generally get the 5 user version on amazon for under $60!)


I'm never putting photos on iCloud or any cloud for that matter

*quickly gets off your lawn*
Rating: 6 Votes

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