Archive for June 21, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

More Problems With iCloud Photo Library Uploads

Adam C. Engst:

There are no settings to prevent iCloud Photo Library from working over cellular, and while I disabled cellular data for the Photos app, that made no difference. I could turn off cellular data in general (and I did once or twice, but that’s a hard thing to remember every time you leave the house), but by the end of the billing period, AT&T had hit me with $30 of overage charges for two $15 blocks of 1 GB of additional data.

This is shockingly poor design on Apple’s part, and I hope to see it fixed in iOS 9. The entire point of iCloud Photo Library is to transfer huge quantities of image data, and it’s disrespectful for Apple not to provide a switch to prevent iCloud Photo Library from chewing through cellular data.

Meanwhile, there are issues with Aperture and Mac OS X 10.11:

  • Importing RAW files may cause the app to quit unexpectedly.

  • The Aperture workspace may disappear occasionally. To bring back the workspace, click on the Aperture icon in the dock.

  • Some Sony RAW images may not appear correctly.

  • Dismissing certain dialogs may cause the workspace to become unresponsive and require a force quit and relaunch.

  • Aperture may quit unexpectedly when attempting to print photos. The Photos app can be used to print instead.

Maybe these will be fixed before the release, but Aperture is probably a relatively low priority right now. The downside to Apple’s pace is that the old stuff stops working before the new stuff is fully ready.

Update (2015-06-22): Glenn Fleishman:

I have a pile of emails from readers with import problems, even weeks in and after the micro-update from Apple for Photos. Joe Dodd’s is typical: “I can’t get my iPhoto library to finish moving to photos. It freezes up the entire Mac at 11 to 15 percent completion. The Mac is older, but now I don’t know what to do.”


Unfortunately, this appears to be the new default and unchangeable behavior in Photos. If you select a photo and the Edit > Copy menu is available (which is typically is), Photos automatically downsamples to 1024 pixels maximum in the longest dimension in my test.

Copying Coordinates With Long Press in Compass

John Gordon:

During a recent bike adventure I was frustrated that I couldn’t copy coordinates from either Google Map or Apple Map. I think I used to be able to do that - but no more. would show coordinates, but I couldn’t copy/paste ’em. Best I could do was a screenshot of what Compass displays.

Jeremy W. Sherman:

Compass does let you copy out the coordinates: Long-press on the coordinates and hit Copy from the floating menu. Don’t tap - that bounces you to Maps.

This is apparently undocumented, and it’s the first I’ve heard of it. So now we have: tap, double-tap, long tap, force touch, Touch ID touch, and Reachability double-touch.