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Accessing an older iCloud backup

any suggestions?

Posted by Blount on June 22, 2015 at 11:48 AM (CDT)

Accessing an older iCloud backup

i know how to do restore but my phone is only giving the two most recent backups for icloud, how di i get one from a month or two months ago?

Posted by Blount on June 22, 2015 at 9:32 AM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

Unfortunately, at this point it appears it can’t really handle multiple transportation methods beyond walking routes. Public transit directions will walk you to the nearest public transit access point, but if it considers you to be too far away to walk, it pretty much tells you it can’t find transit directions at all.
It does mix up modes across public transit systems and even agencies, however, so a route through a metropolitan area would switch you across trains, subways, ferries, and buses as required, even those operated by different transit agencies.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 19, 2015 at 1:24 PM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

Question for those who’ve tried it:  Does it do mixed transportation methods.  I don’t live close enough to a rail station to have it come up as an option, but when travelling into NYC, that’s how I usually go, so I’d like something that says “Drive 20 miles to train station, Take train for 65 minutes to NYC” or some such.

Posted by gwhizkids on June 17, 2015 at 1:27 PM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

...better than nothing I guess, but not great…  hopefully they’ll enhance that before the beta cycle is complete

Posted by benjitek on June 12, 2015 at 6:15 PM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

Actually, while Apple Maps doesn’t provide any manual way to do this, anything you’ve been looking at does get cached for offline use, including any directions that you’ve already plotted before going offline.
I just tested this with getting transit directions and turning on Airplane Mode, and it works about the same as it did before for driving/walking directions—once you’ve plotted the route, even if you haven’t tapped “Start”, it will still be available if you go offline, although of course you’ll have to navigate it step-by-step yourself, since there’s no GPS access either.
Maps also stay cached, albeit it with varying levels of street detail depending on what you’ve been looking at and how far zoomed in you are. You won’t be able to actually look anything up or get any new directions while offline, however.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 12, 2015 at 1:10 PM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

All that’s missing is the ability to save area maps to your device for offline access—you’d loose real-time arrival/departure info—but they could let you keep scheduled arrival/departure times.  Or a compromise—like with Citymapper, have a trip’s map save to your device once you plan and and tap ‘start’...

Posted by benjitek on June 11, 2015 at 5:51 PM (CDT)

Opinion: The ‘Grand Experiment’ of shifting to Google Photos

Really enjoyed the article and I look forward to follow-ups. I too am going all in with this. I’ve backed up to Google+ for years. I have a little over 120,000 photos now stored on Google Photos. I like that it snags movies and screenshots.
I do see the local storage growing a lot. I’m up to 1.8GB on my iPhone used by the Google Photos app. I have a 128GB 6+ so it’s not a concern right now. I assume these are cached images.  I am wondering if it will shrink with time. Thus far it’s only grown.
If it becomes an issue, I have a backup plan. I’ll use Apple’s iPhoto stream and then use the desktop uploader from google to catch them as they come in and back them up to Google and I’ll not need the Google photo app on my phone but all phone photos will still back up very quickly to google.

Posted by MartyEdwards on June 3, 2015 at 11:24 PM (CDT)

Opinion: The ‘Grand Experiment’ of shifting to Google Photos

If you edit a photo in the iOS Photos app, the edited photo will sync to Google Photos, but it goes in as a copy, rather than an edit that gets applied to the original.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 2, 2015 at 1:16 PM (CDT)

Opinion: The ‘Grand Experiment’ of shifting to Google Photos

One question I have that’s keeping me from going all in with Google Photos.
You says “edit a picture in Google Photos that’s also in your camera roll, and those edits will be applied — non-destructively — to the photo that’s in your Camera Roll as well as the one stored in Google Photos.”
What if I take a photo on my iPhone.  It get’s uploaded to Google Photos.  Then 10 minutes later I edit that photo on my iPhone, in the native iPhone Photos app (who’s editing features I like more then Googles).  Will THAT edited photo be synced to Google Photos?

Posted by toothgrind3r on June 2, 2015 at 1:05 PM (CDT)

Opinion: The ‘Grand Experiment’ of shifting to Google Photos

I guess it depends on what you’re doing, and of course I’d never want to do a full auto-backup over cellular, but I have a 6GB data plan, and in most cases I’m taking photos more casually, so a few here and there don’t matter.
Google Photos provides options, and separates photo uploads from video uploads, which is handy. It’s not alone in this, however—Dropbox, Google+ Photos, Lightroom Mobile, and a plethora of others all provide cellular uploads as an option, but of course the user can turn it off if they’re concerned about their data plan.
The fact is that this is one of these areas where I think iOS should provide users with more choices—sure, leave cellular data off by default, even pop up a warning when you turn it on, but let users at least have the option of keeping their iCloud Photo Library in sync while they’re on the go. The thing is that blocking it to Wi-Fi provides a false sense of security anyway—photos will still be downloaded over a cellular connection, and when I was using Dropbox/Carousel, I ended up wasting about 2GB of bandwidth, even though cellular uploads were OFF, due to the fact that Dropbox forced iOS to go out and fetch full-resolution versions of every photo in my iCloud Photo Library. That was somewhat more frightening as it took me a while to figure out what was going on.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 2, 2015 at 10:18 AM (CDT)

Opinion: The ‘Grand Experiment’ of shifting to Google Photos

It’s a waste of bandwidth to try to upload photos over 4G or LTE and is even a bigger drag on on your resources if your limited to how much your carrier charges you for going over your limit. I wait till I have a WiFi connection to upload anything.

Posted by Hydro Mac on June 2, 2015 at 6:36 AM (CDT)

Opinion: The ‘Grand Experiment’ of shifting to Google Photos

it does not support DNG images so i can not use it.

Posted by Andrew Munster on June 1, 2015 at 2:33 PM (CDT)

Is there a point to having both iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Stream enabled?

I have similar experiences with my iCloud Photos Library. I have 16.000 photos and they don’t fit on my iOS devices, even when the option to optimise storage is checked. The grey squares remain grey and when clicking one of them, the progress indicator gets stuck at 25%. No viewing photos for me :-(  When I click the edit button, I get an error stating the photo could not be downloaded from iCloud because of an error. Please try again later.
I still have 500MB available on my iPad, but the grey thumbnails remain there. Even after 3 weeks. Very disappointed in the lack of quality.
I also contacted Apple Support and they suggested to force close all my apps and reboot. As if iCloud needed more RAM to function properly. Clearly, that didn’t help either. And get this: they claimed I have the biggest library they have ever seen. Crazy.
I just can’t figure out why iOS cannot generate thumbnails for all my photos and download the actual pictures when I click on them. This shouldn’t take gigabytes of my device storage.
Very very disappointing experience.

Posted by Tom on May 28, 2015 at 6:41 AM (CDT)

How do I share one iCloud Photo Library within a family?

Thanks for the note. These are definitely some great additional things for folks to be aware of that may not be obvious at first glance—particularly the part about Find My Friends, since you’re correct that it’s now tightly integrated into the built-in iCloud credentials and doesn’t allow for a separate login.
Regarding Shared Albums, one solution would be to simply have used one of your “primary” iCloud accounts as the “shared” one, which is what I’ve traditionally done for this reason. There are some cases in which you can accept invitations sent to one email with another one as well, but for reasons I’ve not yet been able to determine, this doesn’t always seem to work.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 27, 2015 at 3:31 PM (CDT)

How do I share one iCloud Photo Library within a family?

Hello everyone. I have recently followed this article to consolidate my photos with my wife’s into one iCloud account. We now have a shared iCloud account as a primary account on our iPhones. We use iCloud Photo Library to sync all our photos with our Mac at home.
This is great because we don’t have to manually sync photos and we don’t have to have dupplicates if we were using seperate accounts. Also, we only need to pay for additional storage once instead of twice.
I did want to mention a few things I wish I knew before doing this that are not mentioned in this article. Namely these things are related to which iCloud account works as a primary account on your iOS device. many iCloud features only work with a primary account.
Find My Friends
We can no longer use Find My Friends as this works only with the primary iCloud account so only one of our devices shares its location. A workaround for this is to use Find my Phone to show all our devices and this works but it’s not ideal, especially when both of us want to share our location with friends and family.
Handoff / Continuity
That’s the biggest loss in my opinion. In order for Handoff and Continuity to work, the same primary iCloud account must be set-up on your Mac and your iOS device. It does not work with secondary devices. Moreover, Facetime must also be set-up with that account. In our case, there’s no solution since we both use Facetime, iMessage and our Macs with our private iCloud account.
Shared Albums
These will only work with your primary iCloud account as well. That’s not so much of an issue for us but that means we need to tell all our friends and family to send us invites to our dummy email address (which no-one knows).
That’s all for now. Some important losses here, but I have to say that the convenience of having all our photos synced automatically and seemelessly on all our devices is worth it. At least so far.

Posted by Alp on May 27, 2015 at 8:25 AM (CDT)

Accessing an older iCloud backup

All my devices do this I just restart the process and eventually it works.

Posted by James Hennings on May 26, 2015 at 8:37 PM (CDT)

Accessing an older iCloud backup

Thank you so much! I don’t know if your associated with Apple in anyway but this is much better than anything Apple’s support has. I have searched high and low and nothing helped me the way your article did!

Posted by James Hennings on May 26, 2015 at 8:36 PM (CDT)

Mind The Gap: What's iPad's Role In An iPhone 6 (Plus) World?

” users who care more about consuming content than creating it are going to find the iPhone 6 Plus to be an iPad killer” WRONG! It may be an iPad Mini killer, but not an iPad Air killer. I find the iPhone 6+ too big to use as a phone and too big to use one-handed. The iPad Air is the absolute minimum sized screen on which I can read a digital comic and see an entire page at once and even find a two-page spread bearable. I have no use whatsoever for the iPhone 6+. The regular is serving me quite well. The only iPad Air killer for me would be a touch screen MacBook Air that rotates to portrait mode, or maybe a bigger iPad. For now, an iPhone 6 and an iPad Air are perfect complements.

Posted by Steve Allen on May 21, 2015 at 10:11 PM (CDT)

Is there a point to having both iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Stream enabled?

I am also having really annoying space problems on my work-issued 16GB iPhone 5, after enabling iCloud Photo Library. I have a huge library dating back to 2001, and even with Optimize Storage turned on, it also quickly filled my phone. Even then, only a fraction of the thumbnails were downloaded, so most of my Photos app on the phone is just blank thumbnail holders.
I can understand all of this, since my phone is small. But what’s infuriating is that I am CONSTANTLY getting “out of storage” errors, whenever I try to take new pics, or download podcasts, or even update apps. Usually I just have to say “OK”, then try again later. I assume in the background iOS starts to remove some of the downloaded full-size pics. But it’s not doing this nearly aggressively enough. In my opinion, iOS should NEVER report “out of storage” as long as it’s able to delete pics in the background.
I know it’s a tough tightrope to walk about how aggressively to retain pics vs. delete them. But, if I’m actually telling the phone I want to do something that requires more storage (take new pics/vids, download a podcast, etc), then it should immediately clear up enough space for me to do that, instead of throwing up useless error messages that I can do nothing about. I can’t go into Photos and start deleting stuff, because then those are removed from my iCloud library, and therefore all of my devices. All I can do is wait until iOS decides it’s going to give me back some space. As far as I know, there is no way to force Photos to make more space on the phone, apart from disabling/re-enabling iCloud Photo Library on it, which is a huge waste of time and bandwidth.

Posted by joelion on May 17, 2015 at 9:31 PM (CDT)

Why doesn't Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?

Hmm. Didn’t have to restart. Looks like my cellular connection might have been not so good. I turned on wifi and traffic appears. Now I have to go and drive in it.

Posted by pwrmacbob on May 13, 2015 at 4:09 PM (CDT)

How do I turn off Reachability on the iPhone 6 Plus?

Unfortunately, the iPhone doesn’t provide any settings to do this… Voicemail is a function of your carrier’s service, so any time limitations would have to be set on your carrier’s end. I don’t believe most carrier voicemail systems provide this as an end-user option—it’s usually fixed by the carriers as part of whatever plan you’re on.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 13, 2015 at 3:33 PM (CDT)

How do I turn off Reachability on the iPhone 6 Plus?

How can I limit the amount of time someone can leave a voice message on my I phone 6?

Posted by Bob on May 13, 2015 at 2:40 PM (CDT)

Why doesn't Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?

Restarting might certainly help. You’ll also need to ensure that you have a cellular or Wi-Fi data connection. The option will sometimes not appear properly if you have poor GPS coverage.
It’s also worth noting that traffic isn’t available in every country. See… for a list of where it’s available.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 13, 2015 at 12:55 PM (CDT)

Retrieving deleted data from an old iCloud backup

You can extract notes from itunes backup files. While if you don’t have any backup files in iTunes or iCloud, can you recover deleted notes on iPhone? The good way is to recover
with Coolmuster iOSRescuer ..

Posted by Factionnzz on May 12, 2015 at 1:55 AM (CDT)

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