iCloud Photo Library Not Yet Available

chunology

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Anyone else get this error when trying to enable iCloud Photo Library? It's enabled on my iPad but I can't get it working on my Six Plus :/

 
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dalvin200

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does anyone know if having ALL photo's/videos from Mac Photos (whenever thats available) other iCloud users will also be able to access them?
eg: Family?

Thanks
 

chunology

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does anyone know if having ALL photo's/videos from Mac Photos (whenever thats available) other iCloud users will also be able to access them?
eg: Family?

Thanks
I believe they're only available to you until you create a shared album.
 

dalvin200

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I believe they're only available to you until you create a shared album.
hmm.. well i don't think this solution is going to work for me then... currently use PictureLife... and can use the same logon on different devices...

I would hope that Family Sharing - unless you can share an entire iCloud Photo Library (rather than share individual photo's), could solve the problem..

I guess we won't know then until the new Photo's app launches on Yosemite.
 

Fuchal

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Ok, so basically stuck on this until 8.1? Hopefully it's just a week or two.
 

Fuchal

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Well, I waited about 4 days and it allowed me to turn it on. So that wasn't too bad of a wait :)
 

ttmrn

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hmm.. well i don't think this solution is going to work for me then... currently use PictureLife... and can use the same logon on different devices...

I would hope that Family Sharing - unless you can share an entire iCloud Photo Library (rather than share individual photo's), could solve the problem..

I guess we won't know then until the new Photo's app launches on Yosemite.
oh my..
i would never want the entire iCloud Photo Library to be "automatically" accessible to "the family"..

with all the personal photos and stuff. no way. and that's not going to happen even with the new Photo app.


... because there's a folder that already exist called Family in the Photo Sharing section.
 

Within Reason

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oh my..
i would never want the entire iCloud Photo Library to be "automatically" accessible to "the family"..

with all the personal photos and stuff. no way. and that's not going to happen even with the new Photo app.


... because there's a folder that already exist called Family in the Photo Sharing section.
I want to have a 100GB photo library of all of my family photos, nicely arranged into events of my family holidays and children growing up. Essentially what I have now with iPhoto but with all of the benefits of iCloud Photo Library.

However, it's a crazy idea that I might want to have a separate, exact duplicate of all of this on my wife's iCloud account so she can have it on her phone as well.

With all of Apple's adverts and demos showing all the family members with their own iDevice, and all family members seeing all others in Find My Friends, how can they expect the family photo library not to be optionally available to all the family? A single "Family" shared folder won't cut it for this, it needs to give the option of sharing the library.

Both options need to be available.
 

bgro

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I want to have a 100GB photo library of all of my family photos, nicely arranged into events of my family holidays and children growing up. Essentially what I have now with iPhoto but with all of the benefits of iCloud Photo Library.

However, it's a crazy idea that I might want to have a separate, exact duplicate of all of this on my wife's iCloud account so she can have it on her phone as well.

With all of Apple's adverts and demos showing all the family members with their own iDevice, and all family members seeing all others in Find My Friends, how can they expect the family photo library not to be optionally available to all the family? A single "Family" shared folder won't cut it for this, it needs to give the option of sharing the library.

Both options need to be available.
Why not just make shared photo streams of those events? Any downfall to doing this?
 

Within Reason

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Why not just make shared photo streams of those events? Any downfall to doing this?
Every event?

I have probably around 500 events dating back 11 years. Everything from individual holidays my wife and I took before we met, stuff from when we met, engagement, wedding, honeymoon, holidays and events, kids births then more events with the kids for years.

Then there are smart albums for the kids growing up, and for shots with all the family in, as well as others.

All photos are fully face tagged and geo location tagged (automatically these days, manually from older holidays).

All of this works great in both iPhoto and Aperture, and it's not a personal photo library, it's a proper family photo library. The sort of thing my parents built up over decades and still have stashed in boxes in the attic, as I'm sure other families have.

I know I'm not the only one to have a photo library like this. I don't think shared photo streams can replicate this.
 

bgro

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Every event?

I have probably around 500 events dating back 11 years. Everything from individual holidays my wife and I took before we met, stuff from when we met, engagement, wedding, honeymoon, holidays and events, kids births then more events with the kids for years.

Then there are smart albums for the kids growing up, and for shots with all the family in, as well as others.

All photos are fully face tagged and geo location tagged (automatically these days, manually from older holidays).

All of this works great in both iPhoto and Aperture, and it's not a personal photo library, it's a proper family photo library. The sort of thing my parents built up over decades and still have stashed in boxes in the attic, as I'm sure other families have.

I know I'm not the only one to have a photo library like this. I don't think shared photo streams can replicate this.
I hear ya and I have the same setup although not as much history/events. I'm just trying to think how they would implement this automatically. It's def a paint to go into each event and share to a shared photostream but in your case it's strictly because you have so many.

I do agree that some type of auto option would be nice. My wife and I are building up our photo collection and it's stupid that we both have to store the same photos separately to view them (other than what we have in our Family shared stream).
 

Within Reason

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I hear ya and I have the same setup although not as much history/events. I'm just trying to think how they would implement this automatically. It's def a paint to go into each event and share to a shared photostream but in your case it's strictly because you have so many.

I do agree that some type of auto option would be nice. My wife and I are building up our photo collection and it's stupid that we both have to store the same photos separately to view them (other than what we have in our Family shared stream).
Unless Apple pulls a "Use shared iCloud Photo Library" option out of their proverbials before the Photos app launches, then I suspect I'm going to have to get my wife using my iCloud login on her iPhone so we share a single iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library. But they we lose Find My Friends (it will only use the primary iCloud account) which will be a shame. We already have shared calendars and contacts.

Family Sharing seemed so promising, but this kills it dead for me. And Find My Friends is a casualty of that battle.
 

bgro

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Unless Apple pulls a "Use shared iCloud Photo Library" option out of their proverbials before the Photos app launches, then I suspect I'm going to have to get my wife using my iCloud login on her iPhone so we share a single iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library. But they we lose Find My Friends (it will only use the primary iCloud account) which will be a shame. We already have shared calendars and contacts.

Family Sharing seemed so promising, but this kills it dead for me. And Find My Friends is a casualty of that battle.
Ugh that sounds terrible to be honest. I would personally rather create shared photostreams for everything. But that's not really practical with a library as big as yours. Have you thought about moving to a different service, perhaps something like Dropbox or Flickr? I really want to use Apple services whenever possible but unfortunately sometimes I find that the services just don't fit my needs.
 

dalvin200

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Unless Apple pulls a "Use shared iCloud Photo Library" option out of their proverbials before the Photos app launches, then I suspect I'm going to have to get my wife using my iCloud login on her iPhone so we share a single iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library. But they we lose Find My Friends (it will only use the primary iCloud account) which will be a shame. We already have shared calendars and contacts.

Family Sharing seemed so promising, but this kills it dead for me. And Find My Friends is a casualty of that battle.
THIS... i want the same thing... no idea whether it's available via Family Sharing or not?
 

Within Reason

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Ugh that sounds terrible to be honest. I would personally rather create shared photostreams for everything. But that's not really practical with a library as big as yours. Have you thought about moving to a different service, perhaps something like Dropbox or Flickr? I really want to use Apple services whenever possible but unfortunately sometimes I find that the services just don't fit my needs.
The problem is that Aperture/iPhoto has fitted my needs perfectly up until now! I could continue as is, but with those apps losing support, I've no idea how well they'll continue to work. I'll have to see what other services are available :(

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THIS... i want the same thing... no idea whether it's available via Family Sharing or not?
Apple haven't said a word on how or if it'll work with Family Sharing yet, but the iCloud photo library beta doesnt look promising. Fingers crossed for iOS 8.1 and the OS X photos app, but it's nice to know I'm not the only one wanting it!