iCloud Sucks at Photo Backup (and iCloud Costs Too Much)


Apple’s official iCloud description bugs me. It’s a nice thought but in reality there are several frustrating issues plaguing the service in the real-world. Apple says, “iCloud securely stores your photos, videos, documents, music, apps, and more — and keeps them updated across all your devices. So you always have access to what you want, wherever you want it.” I say, “Not so much.” Let me explain.

I’m a huge Apple fan. My new iPhone 7 Plus just arrived this week, I’m wearing an Apple Watch right now, I have two Apple TVs, a 9.7″ iPad Pro and a 27″ 5K iMac. I wish that sharing information (syncing) between these devices worked better than it usually does. I also wish I trusted Apple to backup my important info — like photos — but at the moment I don’t. Let’s start there since that is one of my biggest complaints right now: NOT having access to what I want, wherever I want it.

When I take a photo I would prefer it to be backed up instantly and forever (as long as I paid for my extra iCloud storage).

But I found something odd and disturbing recently when I went looking for some photos from a few years ago: they weren’t on iCloud. They were just gone. Fortunately I’ve been backing up my photos locally for ...

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