All iPads iCloud photo library + low space iPad, what happens?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by iPhone7ate9, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. iPhone7ate9 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2014
    If I upload like 20GB worth of photos, if not more, on the iCloud photo library/photostream, what happens when I only have 1GB left on my iPad?
    Will it try to download the pics? Or can I just view them as if viewing a website online?
  2. asriznet macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2013

  3. ApfelKuchen, Sep 15, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2014

    ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    (To clarify, I'm talking about iOS 8 here, not the way it is under iOS 7)

    My understanding is that iCloud Photos isn't going to maintain your entire library, in full resolution, on your iPad. It'll have thumbnails so you can browse, and maintains a cache of previously viewed images in "device-optimized" sizes (the resolution isn't going to exceed the resolution of the device's display). It only downloads what you need, when you need it, and keeps it around until the space is needed for other purposes. If the image hasn't been accessed for a while, iCloud will eventually remove it from the iPad.

    For example, if the photo was uploaded to iCloud from your iPhone or desktop computer, and you've never viewed it on your iPad, the only thing on your iPad is going to be the thumbnail.

    It also seems that, if you opt-in to the new iCloud Photo Library, your Camera Roll will be replaced with a "recents" album. So those hundreds or thousands of Camera Roll shots you never view? Those will be up in the cloud, and will automatically be removed from the iPad.
  4. iPhone7ate9 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2014
    What happens if you want to crop or zoom in to small details with a higher res pic?
  5. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    iCloud Photo Library will store full-size original images. So if you want to view the original picture, in its full resolutions, than that will also be possible.

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