Photostream for iOS is seriously dangerous. Many/most (all??) people that I talk to assume that Photostream magically backs up their photos and videos. I guess I cannot blame them--the Apple commercials and iOS itself makes you believe that photos "just work" and therefore do not require any additional thought or planning.
But...what do I tell my sister when she gets a new iPhone and can't find that photo she took of her new baby? Was it more than ~1000 pictures ago? Oh..yea, no that's gone. What about all my videos? Oooo, that's gone too--Photostream doesn't handle videos at all.
There is danger in making things too simple; so simple that people don't bother understanding really how something works.
So, here are a few non-obvious Photostream gotchas:
- Photostream should not be relied on to back up your photos. Photos after a certain age and certain number get deleted.
- Although photos on your personal Photostream are kept at full quality, photos on a Shared Photostream are dumbed down to 3MP!!
- Photostream does not handle videos at all (a video taken on your iPhone does not automatically show up on your iPad).
That being said, Photostream can be a great part of a full photo backup strategy. I'll detail this in another post soon.