Redesigned Photos Web App on Now Available for Everyone

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    After first testing out a new update to the Photos web app on the iCloud beta website earlier this month, Apple has now rolled out the update to all users (via Mac Generation). The overhaul to the app on introduces a macOS-like Photos experience with a sidebar that can be toggled on and off, and a scrollable thumbnail view of every photo in an album at the bottom of the site when looking at individual pictures.


    Previously, Photos on placed albums in a tab bar at the top of the site, so the update makes it easier to navigate multiple albums at once. To top off the navigation tweaks, there are also four action buttons in the top right corner of the web app for uploading, adding, downloading, sharing, and deleting albums and photos.

    The Photos web app on is still lacking macOS and iOS features like editing, shared albums, memories, and people, which uses facial recognition to organize your photos on Mac and iPhone. Users can head over to to check out the new Photos update on the site.

    Article Link: Redesigned Photos Web App on Now Available for Everyone
  2. Appleaker macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2016
    I'm surprised that Tim Cook let this become more like macOS and not like iOS, but i'm glad. This is much better in my opinion.
  3. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    Next up—now that Facebook messenger sucks—iMessage on and iMessage on Android for cross-platform iMessage everywhere. I hope for a day where I can simply iMessage everyone.
  4. Kobayagi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2012
    Very nice, but it would be great if they could work on iCloud Drive for iOS. When I put photos on there, I cant even swipe between them. You have to exit each one and then click the next one and so on and so forth...
  5. Sandstorm macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2011
    Riga, Latvia
    Just tried. Nothing even close how good Google Photos online experience is.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 22, 2016 ---
    For once I agree with you. ;)
  6. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
  7. porky macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2003
    Google photos is amazing. Recognises everything when you search, it even made a very nice movie of my holliday.
  8. ILuvEggplant Suspended


    Jul 28, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA
    Wow it doesn't look beta anymore.

    How many years did this take?
  9. Traverse macrumors 603


    Mar 11, 2013
    An infuriating and nonsense issue that shows that no one at Apple really tests some of these features.
  10. Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    I doubt that'll happen anytime soon (iMessage for Android that is) with the numbers guy running the company at the moment.

    They'd open it to Android if they charged per message like carriers charge for texts.

    I mean, the money did allow Music to get released for Android.

    As it stands right now, giving people a reason to buy an iPhone is worth more than giving those with an iPhone a more universally usable messaging platform.

    Lock'em in, Timmy!

    Glassed Silver:ios
  11. satchmo macrumors 68000

    Aug 6, 2008
    I'm not sure if that's a good thing.
  12. profets macrumors 68040

    Mar 18, 2009
    Quite strange how the home page is 100% iOS styled and then the app looks purely like macOS.

    Actually it's really strange how the home page is styled after iOS considering they try to dissuade people from using on iOS devices.
  13. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    With non-stop memories with family, vacations, cats, etc., I've found my storage quickly filled with photos.

    Both Apple and Google have an optimization function that kills the local high-res image to save device storage, but the number of pictures I have is using up all my cloud storage, as well.

    I've been moving older albums and collections to Google Photos to free up iCloud storage. Unlimited photo storage (up to 16 MP, I believe) should help things, long-term.

    I wish Apple did something like that.
  14. Appleaker macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2016
    I guess because it corresponds with iOS apps, but you're right it's very strange. Hopefully this is the move towards a more macOS
  15. navaira macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2015
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Hey – I love this. Google Photos doesn't recognise my albums so it becomes one big hodgepodge.

    The only small niggle is that I can't figure out how to sort albums alphabetically on iCloud version.
  16. Keane16 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2007
    Different business models. With Apple you pay them. Whereas Google get paid by selling ads.

    I have a pretty large photo library so have ponied up £2.49 a month for the 200GB tier. Free is great, but nothing is actually free.
  17. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    Wow, just think, if they keep improving the Photos service at this rate, in two years it could be better than Google Photos....was 6 months ago.
  18. Kobayagi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2012
    Yep, it's ridiculous. Just proves they are pushing out features just so they can say ''we can do that too'', instead of those features actually being better than the competition and making you choose them over others. It's the reason I'm still using Dropbox. If iCloud Drive worked like it should, I'd already have a subscription for more storage. But nope, Apple cares too much about selling watchbands and dongles.
  19. ignatius345 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2015
    Wow, this is miles ahead of the last version of Photos on the web. The last version gave me the impression it was trying to somehow sync all my 10,000+ photos -- this one just scrolls through them with much less effort.

    Shared iCloud albums are missing, though.
  20. iMerik macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011
    Upper Midwest
    Google is killing it with Google Photos. Apple is getting there very slowly. This is nice, but it definitely has a limited feature feel compared to Google. Maybe someday Apple will be on the forefront again.
  21. Seraph301083 macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2009
    Is there really no way to select multiple photos at once?
    I would like to create a shared album. But not possible.
  22. techconc macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2011
    That's why Mac OS and iOS both have native clients which provide the best overall experience. Web access is nice in a pinch, but it's never a good substitute for a good native client.
  23. nvmls macrumors 6502


    Mar 31, 2011
    Hold command key and click.

    Good stuff this change, I like it.
  24. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  25. Sefstah macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2015
    So we still can't access iCloud or any of it's features from any iOS device? It's damn near 2017 for crying out loud. Google photos all the way.

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