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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)

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

I’ve done all of the above and I still don’t see traffic in the Today view. Do I have to restart the phone?

Posted by pwrmacbob on May 11, 2015 at 3:05 PM (CDT)

How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?

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Posted by Steven on May 9, 2015 at 6:54 PM (CDT)

How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?

Actually, yes—in Yosemite, Notifications are handled through a “Notification Center” in much the same way they are on iOS, so if you go into System Preferences -> Notifications, you should be able to find FaceTime there and just uncheck the “Play Sound for Notifications” setting.
If you still want to hear sound, but don’t like the default notification tone, you can also select a different one in the FaceTime Preferences on your Mac.
Note that both of these settings will affect all FaceTime notifications, so you won’t get any sound for actual incoming FaceTime calls either, however. Yosemite and the FaceTime app don’t differentiate between Handoff calls from your iPhone and actual FaceTime calls.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 9, 2015 at 7:22 AM (CDT)

The Complete Guide to Apple TV Channels

can u watch tv on an apple ipad?

Posted by Matt Lewis on May 9, 2015 at 1:48 AM (CDT)

How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?

Is there a way to keep the phone calls coming into my Macbook Pro but never make that annoying ringing noise? Short of muting my computer all the time, can I shut it up? :)
Thank you all.

Posted by Steven on May 8, 2015 at 11:46 PM (CDT)

Why doesn't my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?

I don’t want my iPhone waking me in the middle of the night either. I schedule Settings > Do Not Disturb from 9pm to 6am. It works great.
The only time I’ve been disturbed in the middle of the night was from someone trying to FaceTime a wrong number. I allow repeated calls so when she tried a second time it went through. The poor little girl was horrified when my mug showed up on the screen instead of her darling grandma and immediately killed the call. No issues since.

Posted by Jeff Shepherd on May 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM (CDT)

How do I move away from a shared Apple ID for iMessage?

I set up a new Apple ID once me and my friend realized we were getting texts intended for other people. Problem I have now though is that he and I can’t iMessage each other. It says “delivered” but it is not received by him and vice versa

Posted by Jeanette on May 4, 2015 at 8:12 PM (CDT)

The Complete Guide to Apple TV Channels

I don’t see the need for all of these competing box services. In my opinion Roku is the best of all the boxes, but I have been stupid and bought everyone that came out, Amazon, Apple, Nexus and Kindle. Of all of them I only use the Roku and based on this article I am considering rehooking up my Apple TV. But with these two Roku and Apple and my FIOS Cable, I’ve got more than I can possibly watch. I still don’t have the one thing I really am craving and that is the ability to watch ANY NFL game every week. Now wait, I have to get a satellite dish for that. Somebody please consolidate all of this into one easy to use device.

Posted by MARK4RUNNER on May 2, 2015 at 8:20 PM (CDT)

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

It’s not the best solution by any means but a spouse can log into the website as the “main” icloud photo library user and browse, share and download all of the photos over the web.  You won’t have editing capabilities through the website but at least you can get at all of the photos and share them.

Posted by John D'Orto on April 29, 2015 at 2:31 PM (CDT)

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

That sounds about right. The grey squares should eventually fill in with actual thumbnails as they’re downloaded/generated. At this point, I think it’s more laying out the library structure.
While I’ve been through this a few dozen times going back to the early betas, I’ve yet to deal with trying it with a huge library on a low-capacity device, so it’s entirely possible that maybe those grey boxes will stay grey to save space, and only fill in as you scroll through them, but I wouldn’t count on it.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on April 23, 2015 at 9:17 AM (CDT)

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

Yeah, it would be nice Apple would include caching as an option in the app settings.
The image download is still going. It’s used up a bout 600mb so far. Photos no longer says “preparing x number of photos” but most of the images are not available to view yet. The are the grey square with the iCloud icon in the corner. They do force a download when you try to view the individual image.

Posted by Eric Norman on April 23, 2015 at 9:06 AM (CDT)

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