Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 05:42
Category: Aperture, Google, iPhoto, photos
Apple dropped the ball on photos. Big time.
For years, Apple products were my default photo locker, gallery, and sharing tool. Now I’ve switched to Google, but only because Apple forced my hand. My workflow was simple: shoot photos on my iPhone and dSLR, sync everything to Aperture and share from there.
Here’s a brief timeline on how Apple went off the rails with photos:
- September 2011 – Apple rolled out iCloud without photo galleries.
- June 2012 – Apple dropped its MobileMe Gallery service and replaced it with a confusing array of inferior photo sharing options.
- June 2014 – Apple announced that it was replacing iPhoto and Aperture with a new app called Photos.
- September 2014 – Apple switched its iCloud storage pricing to monthly billing (200GB for $4/mo., 500GB for $10/mo. and 1TB for $20/mo.)
- September 2014 – A vulnerability in Find My iPhone was believed to be responsible for targeted hacks on numerous celebrity iCloud accounts resulting in the leak of nude photos.
- April 2015 – Apple released Photos (with Yosemite) essentially killing iPhoto and Aperture.
In summary, After leaving customers hanging without photo galleries, Apple dropped support for its professional photo app (Aperture), jacked up its cloud storage prices, then released an inferior Photos app that didn’t support Aperture projects (whoops!). My six year investment in organizing my photos in Aperture is basically gone and I’m now locked into using an End-Of-Life (EOL) software application if I want to see my projects.
No thank you.
At I/O 2015 Google announced that Google Photos now includes unlimited free photo storage (up to 16MP for photos, and 1080p for videos). The best part? You can easily auto-upload your entire photo library to Google Photos in the background. Here’s how: (more…)