That is the word from Eddy Cue back in November 2011 in an email in respect to having your whole iPhoto library in the cloud. I explained to him my frustrations with iPhoto:
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Eddy, Photo Stream is not cutting it!
My photos are still dependant upon me syncing my iOS devices to my Mac with iTunes. Photos are the last link iOS has with my Mac. That is, if I want to have my thoroughly organized iPhoto library in my iOS devices I need to use the Mac. I can't organize Events, Faces and Places in iOS. It is still tethered to my Mac.
Photo Stream solves how my pictures show up in the Mac, wirelessly. it is working beautifully, but after they come to my Mac and I've sorted the ones I want, tagged the faces of my family and friends, and grouped the events, I still have to open iTunes and sync it to get that reflected on my iOS devices (iPhone & iPad). It's maddening!
Not to mention that now there are duplicates everywhere!! There are exact equal photos in the Camera Roll, Photo Scream and then the organized post-iTunes synced photo library... I can have up to three copies of the same photo in my iPhone.
iPhoto needs to be moved to the new digital hub, iCloud.
The Mac is still its hub and master for now.
To which he replied:
I agree with much of this. Unfortunately, your whole photo library in the cloud was punted until Innsbrook. The new iPhoto on iOS will make it better.
Sent from my iPad
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This was before iPhoto made its debut for iOS so I got the impression that iPhoto would replace Photos.app to become the default way iOS handled photos. And that would bring back simplicity to the workflow of: take picture, edit picture, store picture for later enjoyment. It used to be simple to take and store photos, but as Peter Nixey accurately describes the process is a nightmare now, even for advanced users.
Flickr just announced a full 1 TB of photo storage for free. Apple wouldn't even need to go that far to start.
And Apple already has the model to make it work: iTunes in the Cloud. Get all the library's metadata syncing - edits, events, faces, places - on all of my devices and we can selectively download the pictures we want on that device through the familiar cloud icon.
Quite some time has past since that email. My hope is that Apple didn't punt iPhoto in the Cloud to Innsbrook.