Photos for Mac goes from “early 2015” to “available at a later date”

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Photos for Mac, a missing piece in the iCloud Photo Library puzzle, has just gotten delayed until later this year.

Last summer, Apple took us by surprise saying it would cease development of Aperture and transition users to Photos for Mac, a new app that was supposed to replace iPhoto on OS X Yosemite as well. But Yosemite came and went and native Photos Mac app was nowhere to be seen.

Apple then gave us a vague new shipping date: “early 2015.” However, the updated wording in this support docs now lists the app as being “available at a later date.” Read More

 

iCloud.com’s Photos web app gets image zoom function and sharing via email

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

German enthusiast blog iFun.de has spotted a pair of useful additions concerning the Photos web app on iCloud.com.

Two new features, which were added over the weekend, let you zoom in on an image via a new slider in the toolbar and send photos as email attachments directly from the web UI.

Previously, sharing via email was a tedious multi-step process where you had to download a photo to your computer before attaching it to an email message using a third-party desktop email application or a webmail service. Read More

 

Amazon rebrands Cloud Drive Photos app, adds iPhone 6 support and other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 15, 2015

Amazon is out today with a major refresh to its Cloud Drive Photos app for iOS, which now has a new name, a freshly revamped icon and half a dozen new features.

Known henceforth as just Amazon Photo, the updated software includes full support for the new 4.7″ and 5.5″ screen resolutions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, respectively.

It also does duplicate photo detection, lets you upload your images to the company’s cloud storage service in full resolution, allows you to report issues directly through the app and more. Read More

 

Apple, why can’t you select multiple photos in iOS by tapping and dragging anymore?

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 13, 2015

On today’s episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak, Sebastien, Cody, and I were talking about the lack of a decent way to select multiple photos in the iOS 8 photos app. That conversation reminded me of how you could select multiple photos on earlier iOS versions back in the day by tapping and dragging.

I was able to find a video that I had filmed back in February of 2011 showcasing such a feature. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this was iOS 4, since it was filmed on February 9, 2011, and iOS 5 didn’t release until October 12, 2011. But the point is, there was a great feature in iOS 4 that made selecting multiple photos so much easier than it is today. Apple, we need this feature back. Read More

 

Photego: secure the stock Photos app with Touch ID

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2015

There are tweaks that exist on Cydia that allow you to secure an entire app, but to my knowledge, no tweak yet exists that allows you to secure specific aspects of the stock Photos app with Touch ID. That’s where Photego comes in, a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to prevent users from deleting photos, accessing albums, and more via Touch ID. Read More

 

Photo Organizer 8 adds power-user features to the stock Photos app

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 7, 2015

Let’s face it; the stock Photos app in iOS 8 is severely lacking when it comes to power user features. Just to name one example, there’s no way to select a range of photos. Instead, you have to tap on each photo that you wish to select one by one. That’s really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the lack of power-user features in the stock Photos app. Fortunately for jailbreakers, Photo Organizer 8 solves many of the stock app’s shortcomings. Read More

 

Apple patches serious vulnerability that let hackers take over your Apple ID

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2015

As of today, brute-forcing your way into your ex’s Apple ID or iCloud account by way of dictionary-based attacks is no longer a viable option.

As reported by James Cook of Business Insider, Apple’s reportedly patched a vulnerability in its iCloud service that determined hackers were able to exploit in order to hack into your Apple ID account.

Even though Apple IDs that employ weak passwords and don’t use Apple’s vaunted two-step verification feature were at greatest risk, we’re most certainly glad that Apple’s moved so swiftly to increase online security of its users. Read More

 

New Apple ID attack tool surfaces as Apple pulls Photos web app from iCloud.com

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 2, 2015

Friday, a new attack tool was posted to GitHub that uses brute-force dictionary attacks on iCloud and Apple ID accounts with weak passwords. Using a dictionary list containing more than 500 words, the ‘iDict’ tool pretends to be a legitimate iPhone device trying to log in to iCloud.com. Somehow, it manages to avoid Apple ID lockout restrictions.

People with complex passwords shouldn’t be concerned but those with simple ones based on commonly used words such as pet names are at risk. If you fall in that category, you’re wholeheartedly recommended to change your password and optionally enable two-step verification for your Apple ID.

Seemingly unrelated to ‘iDict’, the Photos web app mysteriously disappeared from the iCloud website this morning. Read More

 

Facebook will begin auto-enhancing photos for iPhone users

By Jake Smith on Dec 16, 2014

Even with its Instagram product, Facebook is still one of the premier places to share memories with family and friends. That’s why Facebook says it will start auto-enhancing your photos for you on iOS. I guess Facebook thinks you’re a sucky photographer.

The social network told TechCrunch on Tuesday you’ll still have complete control of your photos, but a slider will now appear on your photos as you post them that will show how enhanced you want the light, shadow, and clarity. You can even revert back to your original shot. Read More

 

iCloud Photos app updated with new uploading capabilities

By Cody Lee on Nov 21, 2014

Apple updated its iCloud.com Photos app today, enabling the ability to upload photos. The feature, which developers have been testing on the iCloud beta site for the past two weeks, allows users to upload images to iCloud Photo Library.

Previously, those with iCloud Photo Library enabled in iOS 8 could view, download and delete their photos on iCloud.com, but there was no way to upload them. Now users can upload images—including those not taken with an iOS device. Read More

 

Apple testing upload functionality on iCloud Photos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2014

As part of yesterday’s batch of Apple app refreshes, among them the iMovie for iOS update which has enabled support for iCloud Photo Library and the ability to share videos with iCloud Photo Sharing, Apple has now added upload functionality to a beta version of the iCloud Photos web app available to registered iOS developers.

The features makes it easy to use a desktop computer to upload JPG images using the web interface at beta.icloud.com, making them available on all iOS devices and Macs that have iCloud Photo Library turned on. Read More

 

Amazon gives Prime members unlimited storage with Prime Photos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2014

It’s gotten a lot easier to swallow the Amazon Prime membership fee of $99 per year now that the online retail giant is throwing in free unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos.

Unveiled Tuesday, Prime Photos taps Amazon’s Cloud Drive service to allow Prime subscribers who are Apple users to upload photos from their mobile devices using Amazon’s free Cloud Drive Photos iOS app and have them stored for free in the Amazon cloud, in their original resolution.

Because the service keeps your snaps saved in full resolution, they aren’t compressed and no quality is lost. The Cloud Drive Photos app has a handy Auto-Save feature to automatically back up your photos.

Needless to say, Prime Photos is also accessible on Android devices, Amazon’s Fire tablet and Fire Phone series and through the web via Mac and Windows computers. Read More

 

iCloud Photos is now available for iOS 8.1 beta users

By Timothy Reavis on Oct 18, 2014

Ahead of October 20’s public launch of iOS 8.1, Apple has released iCloud Photos to users running the iOS 8.1 beta on their devices. Qualifying accounts will be able to access iCloud Photos to view their iCloud Photo Library on the web through the beta version of iCloud.com.

Reports indicate that iCloud Photos looks and functions much like the stock Photos app on iOS, with the ability to view photos and select them to download to your computer.

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Apple likely readying Photos app for iCloud.com

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 24, 2014

Apple is most likely developing a Photos web app for iCloud.com to support desktop viewing of photos backed up in iCloud Photo Library using any computer with a standard-compliant web browser, according to a screenshot and other evidence discovered Wednesday in an Apple support document by Benjamin Mayo of 9to5Mac.

Furthermore, error messages from iCloud.com shown when trying to access the beta.iCloud.com/#photos URL strongly indicate there’s a Photos app in development for iCloud’s interface on the web. Read More

 

Photo apps optimized for iOS 8

By Timothy Reavis on Sep 20, 2014

Back in June, Apple announced PhotoKit, a new way to edit photos using third-party apps and filters – all from the stock Photos app. Many legacy photography apps have received updates enabling these features, making accessible a great deal of functionality, all in one app. iOS users can now apply watermarks, filters, effects, and more directly in Photos, a feature iPhoneographers are sure to love.

We’ve brought together a list of the photo apps that have been updated to support Apple’s PhotoKit and can be downloaded now.  Read More

 

Where did your iOS 8 Camera Roll go?

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2014

Following Wednesday’s public release of iOS 8 and today’s launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Support Forums are already buzzing with disgruntled users who are venting their frustration with iOS 8 presumably removing some of their photos, a point driven home by the company’s inexplicable removal of the Camera Roll album in iOS 8.

Indeed, it looks like Apple has introduced a major customer pain point by not elaborating whether the missing Camera Roll has anything to do with iOS 8’s newly gained ability to access large photo libraries in iCloud within the Photos app.

So, where did your Camera Roll go and is there anything sensible to be done about it? Read More

 

The best new features of iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2014

Admittedly, the myriad of new and useful capabilities that Apple’s just-released iOS 8 brings to your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are going to prove hugely popular with mainstream users, to say the least. With iOS 8, Apple is appeasing harsh critics who’d frequently point out that Android is capable of things iOS cannot do, and then some more.

iOS 8 opens up Apple’s mobile operating system to third-party development to a much greater extent than ever before. And stemming from relaxed policies, iOS 8 boosts on-the-go productivity with deeper inter-app sharing while implementing some of the features our Android friends have grown accustomed to, but in a typical hassle-free Apple fashion, things like third-party keyboards, custom actions, photo editing extensions within the context of Photos and Camera apps and way more.

And though evolutionary rather than revolutionary, we have no doubt in our minds that iOS 8 is going to significantly improve the functionality of Apple’s mobile platform, and perhaps even give some folks less reasons to jailbreak.

To celebrate today’s release of the free iOS 8 software update, we proudly present you this detailed overview of more than two dozen iOS 8 features we think you’re going to fall in love with at first sight. Read More

 

Apple Watch photo gallery

By Sébastien Page on Sep 9, 2014

Apple entered a new product category today with the announcement of the Apple Watch. A beautiful smartwatch that doubles as a powerful health and fitness tracker, Apple Watch is presumably going to set a standard in the industry. we spent our entire day bringing you detailed coverage of the event, and along our musing, we collected dozens of images of the Apple Watch that we want to share with you. All these images are available on Apple’s website, but we bring them all in one place for you. Right here. Read More

 

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus photo gallery

By Sébastien Page on Sep 9, 2014

With not much surprises left to anyone who follows Apple closely, the company unveiled two new devices today: the iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. Along with our coverage of the event, we collected a fairly large amount of photos of both devices. All these photos are publicly available on Apple.com of course, but we thought we’d bundle them all here in one convenient location. Without further ado, here is the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus photo gallery. Read More

 

Amazon updates Cloud Drive Photos with AirPlay, photo/video metadata, cache settings and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

The online retail giant Amazon on Tuesday refreshed its Cloud Drive Photos application for the iPhone and iPad with some much-needed new features.

Used to synchronize and protect your photos and personal videos on your iOS device with Amazon’s cloud-based storage dubbed Cloud Drive, the free application now supports AirPlay, a media-streaming technology from Apple, so you can stream your photos and videos wirelessly to the big screen TV through the Apple TV box.

Also, you can finally rename albums and easily change an album’s cover photo by swiping left/right on the album artwork. Most importantly, the app finally applies proper metadata to your photos and videos, including date taken, resolution, image type and file name. Read More

 
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