Bad Apple #1: iCloud Photo Library Re-uploading – TidBITS

However, there’s a nasty side effect of turning iCloud off and back on: iCloud Photo Library needs to re-upload all your photos. It does this in order to compare the library’s contents to the synchronization “truth” at iCloud. Fair enough, except that this process can take days, depending on the size of your Photos library and the speed of your Internet connection. Bad Apple! We don’t see that sort of poor performance with Dropbox or Google Drive, and this behavior is both unnecessary and driving people away from iCloud Photo Library.

I’ve had iCloud issues, and, when Apple support suggested I turn off iCloud and turn it on again, I refused. Because the last time I did that, I had to upload some 30 GB of photos, and it took a week. My photo library is now around 45 GB, and I have a 1 Mbps upload.

Adam suggests that not all the data is uploaded, but I watched it cripple my internet access for a week, since I could only allow it to upload overnight.

This doesn’t happen with iTunes Match or iCloud Music Library; they need to fix this.

Source: Bad Apple #1: iCloud Photo Library Re-uploading – TidBITS

Master the Cloud with Take Control of iCloud, Sixth Edition

TCoiCloud 6 0 coverIf you use a Mac or an iOS device, you probably use iCloud. It manages your photos and music, it syncs your contacts and calendars, and you can use it to store files, maintain secure passwords, send and receive email, and much more.

iCloud is a simple idea in theory—access to all your data on all your devices, via the cloud—that can become complicated when put into practice. Instead of wasting time fiddling with iCloud, when there are many other more important things to be done with the information it contains, learn how to minimize frustrations with Take Control of iCloud, Sixth Edition.

Whether you want a quick tip or a deep dive into the inner workings of iCloud, you’ll find what you need in this best-selling book by Mac expert Joe Kissell. Start by learning what iCloud can do, how it differs from other cloud services, and how best to set it up on Macs, iOS devices, Apple TVs, and Windows-based PCs.

This book covers:

  • Photo features: iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Sharing
  • Family Sharing
  • iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library
  • iCloud Drive
  • Mail and Mail Drop
  • Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Notes
  • iCloud Keychain
  • the iCloud Website
  • Location features: Find My iPhone, Find My Mac, and Find My Friends
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Activation Lock
  • Back to My Mac
  • Backing up and restoring data

In this new edition, Joe also looks at what has changed in iCloud with the release of macOS 10.13 High Sierra and iOS 11, including new abilities to share storage space with family members using iCloud Family Sharing, sync your People album across devices with iCloud Photo Library, and sync data from additional Apple apps like Health and Siri. Joe explains the new Files app (which replaces the iCloud Drive app on iOS), and important changes to two-factor authentication rules and Activation Lock.

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Hey Apple, Fix This: iCloud Photo Library’s sync need fixing

I love iCloud Photo Library. It’s brain-dead simple to use (unlike iCloud Music Library), and it ensures that all my photos are in sync on all my devices. Lately, having bought a new camera, I’ve been taking a lot of pictures, and I’ve been wanting to view them and edit them on my iPad, with Enlight or Affinity Photo, a powerful photo editing app that was highlighted in Apple’s recent WWDC keynote. But syncing from my iMac, where I import photos, to my other devices can take a long time.

There are a few reasons for this. One is that my upload speed is slow. Since I shoot both RAW and JPEG, Photos has both files in its library for each picture, and together they take up about 25MB. So if I import a bunch of photos, there’s a lot of data to upload.

And Photos doesn’t let you control its upload, at least not easily.

Read the rest of the article on Macworld.

Apple Slashes iCloud Storage Price (at the High End).

Apple has cut the 2 TB top tier for iCloud storage from $19.99 to $9.99. Previously, there were four tiers: 50 GB for $0.99 per month, 200 GB for $2.99, 1 TB for $9.99, and 2 TB for $19.99. Now, there are only three tiers, with the top price cut in half:

Lower icloud storage price

This is great for those who do use a lot of iCloud storage, but it looks a bit unbalanced, with two low-capacity tiers, then the third tier jumping to ten times the second one.

I still hope that Apple increases the free iCloud storage tier, so users with multiple devices can back them up. Maybe this price change is a step in that direction, and with the release of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra in the fall, we’ll see a change.

Apple’s new iCloud security requirements: How it affects you and the software you use – Macworld

If you use iCloud for email, calendar events, or contacts with any apps other than those made by Apple, and you haven’t upgraded the security on your account to use two-factor authentication (2FA), syncing and other interaction will fail starting June 15. That’s when Apple imposes a new security requirement that requires unique passwords for all third-party software that works with iCloud accounts. That includes apps like BusyContacts, Fantastical, and Thunderbird, to name a few of hundreds, as well as online services that sync with iCloud or retrieve email.

I mentioned this in an article last week. Apple’s two-factor authentication is problematic, and as Glenn Fleishman points out at Macworld, it’s not that secure. In fact, it’s probably less secure, at least as far as third-party apps are considered.

Glenn mentions that John Chaffee of BusyMac, developer of BusyCal and BusyContacts, “has been trying to get attention for this problem for some time.” Chaffee says, ““My guess is that 99 percent of users have no clue about app-specific passwords and Apple does very little to help them figure it out. The vast majority of our tech support requests are from users who are unable to connect to iCloud and have no idea why.”

Indeed. Users of third-party apps will be flummoxed, and many will blindly go turn on two-factor authentication and encounter problems that will lock them out of their iCloud accounts, if they do anything slightly wrong. But beyond that, I think that many people will stop using third-party apps; I’m thinking of doing so. Even though I think that Apple’s Calendar is inferior to the many third-party calendar apps for macOS and iOS, I’m not prepared to again enter the two-factor labyrinth, that was such a disaster the first time I tried it.

And Apple points out that, this time, if you turn on two-factor authentication, you cannot turn it off. I think this is going to be a disaster for many users, and for developers of third-party apps that need access to iCloud data.

Source: Apple’s new iCloud security requirements: How it affects you and the software you use | Macworld