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Snippet: Dear Apple, Let’s Talk About Photos ☇

Shared on May 12, 2013

Peter Nixey (via John Gruber):

I want the canonical copy of my iPhoto library in the cloud. One iPhoto library in the cloud, many devices with access to it. I want to edit, organise and delete photos on any device and see the same changes on all other devices. No master/slave setup – just straight cloud access…

…Get rid of photo streams. Make the camera roll a single photo stream that shows up in iPhoto (on all devices). I want a single camera roll that all devices feed into. I want to take photos, queue them in my camera roll then pull them out as I organise and sort them into my library. Let me explain: photos and videos have two phases 1. on the camera roll 2. in my photo library. Nowhere else.

He has some other suggestions, but I love those especially. I take a lot of photos with my iPhone, edit some on my iPad, and hoard them on my Mac. The “optimized” copies that take up space on my Mac are pointless, much like requiring backing up apps to my Mac when I do everything else with iCloud and the App Store (over 30GB of my drive is wasted on backups of iOS apps).

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