iCloud Photos (Requirements message)

Apple on Friday unofficially confirmed that a new Photos web app will be available through the iCloud web interface, most likely after iOS 8.1 launches next Monday. As we previously reported, visiting the beta.iCloud.com/#photos URL used to produce an unusual error message indicating a web-based version of the iOS Photos app was in the works.

Folks who have signed up for iCloud Beta should now visit the same URL as there’s a brand new webpage showing teaser graphics and the message saying “To use iCloud Photos on the web, upgrade your iOS device to iOS 8.1”.

Hat tip to reader Roger who sent this in.

Although an icon for the Photos app is not currently shown in the navigation bar on iCloud Beta, the very existence of the new message serves as an unofficial confirmation that the web app is being readied.

“The new Photos app works seamlessly to keep your entire photo library, including all your videos, safely stored in the cloud and up-to-date on all your iOS devise and your Mac,” writes Apple.

Photos for Mac is due early next year.

iOS 8.1 is coming on Monday with support for iCloud Photo Library (in beta). It will also enable Apple Pay on compatible devices, bring back the missing Camera Roll album and likely introduce other changes and tweaks based on user feedback.

[iCloud Beta]

  • Diego

    And the on/off 2G/3G/4G switch will come back too?

    • Andy Gostavo

      it didn’t go away, it exist for some people and some don’t have it.
      depends on your carrier (i think)

      • Diego

        On 7.1.2 jailbreak I was abble to set this switch back changing settings on carrier folder. Probably is somethig about carrier as you say. But they should let everyone have this switch independent of carrier.

      • The same as they should let everybody have personal hotspot independent of carrier. Of course this is not the Apple way…

        In an ideal world the only thing that should be up to the carrier is whether or not to have visual voicemail (since this is highly dependant on the carrier and their infrastructure if I’m not mistaken)…

      • im2slick4u

        Carriers are actually extremely limited on what they can do and it all must be approved by Apple. Have you ever seen all the differences of an Android phone on ATT and from one on Verizon? Apple has to allow some changes in order for a carrier to allow iPhone on their network, thats why it was so slow to get iPhone on all of east asias networks.

      • Diance

        hey just wanna know how did you get those toggles back? would like to know how to fiddle around with those carrier plist files. it really sucks when my phone 3g toggle was replaced by lte after the carrier settings upgrade, and in that case my phone cant use lte just yet (my carrier is not planning to support iphone 5), but apple somehow approved the upgrade. it would be much appreciated if i ever get to connect to edge/2g network again. thanks

      • Manuel Molina

        It’s a carrier thing. Most carriers keep data and LTE: Data is 4G (HPSA+) and LTE

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  • Jason Baroni

    iOS 8 is so buggy that I would push phone calls to 8.1 just for costumers to update.

    • leart

      Beta testers are claiming that ios 8.1 is very stable

      • Jason Baroni

        Yes, it is much better!

  • James G

    Christian Ziberg…you’re not on Yosemite yet?

  • Matt Dowdy

    I was considering purchasing additional iCloud storage and transferring all of my photos from google+ to iCloud but read that it only keeps the last 1000 photos and only for a certain number of days is that still true or can I now use iCloud photos to store my entire collection and view them all in the photo app?

    • ✯Mike✯

      No longer true.. That was pre-ios 8. It now stores all photos.

  • Brandon D

    Question – so beta 2 isn’t the GM for 8.1 correct? If someone were to install the beta 2 and not be a developer, would they run into any problems when the GM hits on Monday?

    • Jason Baroni

      Yes. The GM for iOS 8.1 may be the same update of the regular user.

  • Tegin Thomas®

    Does anyone else gets issues with iOS 8 phone app or is it just me ? My phone calls gets mergered at times automatically and phone restarts by itself. Faced this issue on my iPhone 5s and 6

  • JS3

    anyone know why iphoto is no longer in the app store??

    • GadgetQueenn

      There will be a new photos app in the near future.

      • Xavier du Coudray

        I have been wondering, when is this Photo app for Mac OS X coming out?

    • Nick

      still there for me

  • Nick

    not working anymore as of 10-17 3:00 PM EST

    • GadgetQueenn

      Don’t you need 8.1 for everything to work correctly?

      • Nick

        yes i have 8.1 beta 2

  • Gary LE


    • Nick

      what’s confusing? maybe i can explain?

  • Dao Sasone

    Apple and their scheme to make yal update n loose ur jb.

  • Ian Leon

    beta.icloud.com now gives you access to photos. And it has a different wallpaper