I've written a lot about iCloud photos on 9to5Mac. I think more about managing my photo library than I would admit. I am always thinking about additional backup measures that I can take or ways Apple can improve the service (remember to view my collection of Google Photo & # 39; s vs. iCloud Photo & # 39; s). iOS 12 is now on the market, so we know all the new features available this year. However, my thoughts are completely turned over on iOS 13. I hope it will be a big year for iCloud photo library. Here are the functions that I consider "low-hanging fruit".
Face scan and sync in iCloud
iOS 11 has added the ability to synchronize your faces with iCloud, but each device still scans your entire library (and these are libraries that grow year after year). It is time to move this to iCloud and have the devices receive the data.
Apple has a strong commitment to privacy, but they've come up with a way to synchronize actual face data via iCloud, so it's time to have iCloud scanning done as well. This process is the worst part of purchasing a new device. If you have a large library, it can take quite a long time to perform the first scan. You also can not see Faces data for new photos until your device is reconnected so that they are scanned. I understand that this is done for battery saving, but if this is transferred to iCloud, that problem would reduce (especially since photos can now be uploaded via LTE).
Overhauled parts of family
Earlier this year I wrote this in my Google Photo & # 39; s versus iCloud photo & # 39; s
The second weakness of the key is the absence of a family set up for iCloud Photo Library. I know they have offered shared albums, but families do not have a way to share a single library. As a parent of young children, I have a lot of photos. Some of them are taken by me and others by my wife. The fact that there is no automatic way to share them back and forth creates difficult workflows. You can let AirDrop run them back and forth, but that will become old after a while. My current solution is that I've set my wife's camera roll to upload to Dropbox when she's on Wi-Fi, and then I import them into Photos on the Mac (after I've crawled bad). Then they are synchronized with my iPhone and then uploaded by Google Photos.
Last weekend, my wife and I attended a wedding for our cousin. We had her brother take a picture of us because the location was especially beautiful. We took a first round photo with my iPhone, but then we made the second round with her iPhone (the lighting was not good in the first round). Because I have the master iCloud photo library on my iPhone, I did not have her photos in the library at that time.
iOS 12 has added some sharing notifications, but it is difficult to use in this situation. This feature would be great if we wanted to share several photos with friends of the event. I just wanted to add one photo of her iPhone to our library. Eventually she just shared it with me through iMessage.
There are two ways I think it can work:
An option may be that you "copy" from the library of the people in your family. I could go into my wife's camera roll and copy all the photos from her library back to mine. This function would have helped me in this marriage situation because I could have just copied it. It would also help from day to day with photos of our children. I could check my wife's photo library once a week and copy the good ones to my library. If I take a few good photos, my wife can copy one or two back to her library to share them on Instagram or send them to print them.
Smart library based on facial scanning
Another idea that I had would be to point out faces that I want from my wife's library and that I want to keep automatically. Doing this means that you are synchronizing facial information about sharing the family. The weak point in this option is that I could not get a picture without faces in it (scenery photos, etc.).
More control over caching
On both iOS and macOS I would like to know how much of a cache the Photo & # 39; s app can keep offline. I know that both iOS and macOS do an excellent job by maintaining free space, but I would like to have extra control over the amount of space it uses. An idea here would be to set a maximum GB usage that iCloud could use. On iOS I would like to say: do not use more than 10 GB (I have a 64 GB phone) for iCloud photo library.
What else should Apple add to iCloud Photos in iOS 13? Let me know in the comments.