When I first got the iPad, I had the hair-brained idea of trying to stuff all 7000 of my pictures onto it. That experienced ended up sucking because of the way that iTunes insists on compressing all of the photos it exports to iOS devices, but Photo Stream looks like it will solve a lot of that by making sure that all of my recent pictures will be available across all of my devices over wi-fi.
Photo Stream will leverage iCloud to stream and store the latest 1000 pictures you’ve taken on your iOS devices, but you’ll also be able to keep all of your pictures on your Mac or PC (in the Pictures folder). iCloud itself will also make sure to keep photos in servers for 30 days (no storage limit), so you’ll have a month to make sure you have hard backups of your precious pics.
It wasn’t highlighted for very long, but Apple did also briefly feature an “add to album” feature on iOS devices – something that wasn’t present at all before. If Camera Roll pictures can be sorted into various albums on-the-go, I’ll be in photo nirvana.
And don’t forget that all of this is being offered for free. Let’s hope that new Apple Data Center holds up.
[pic via Engadget]