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Apple is shutting down My Photo Stream in July

By Cookie Monster - on 28 May 2023, 10:28am

Apple is shutting down My Photo Stream in July

Apple's My Photo Stream service will be shutting down in July. 

In an updated support document, Apple says My Photo Stream is scheduled to shut down on 26 July. New photo uploads to My Photo Stream from the Apple devices will stop on 26 June.

Any photos uploaded before 26 June will remain in iCloud for 30 days from the date of upload, and will be available to any of the Apple devices where My Photo Stream is currently enabled. Once My Photo Stream shuts on 26 July, there will be no photos remaining in iCloud. 

Apple recommends users to rely on iCloud Photos to keep photos and videos up to date across their devices and safely stored in iCloud.

Here's a quick overview of the key features of each service if you are not familiar with iCloud Photos and My Photo Stream:

iCloud Photos My Photo Stream

Supports more file types (e.g. GIF, HEIF, HEVC, MP4)

Supports a limited range of file types (e.g. JPEG, PNG, TIFF, most RAW formats)
Uses your iCloud storage (e.g. free 5GB storage, or any of the paid storage tier) Does not use iCloud storage
Edits stored in iCloud and stay up-to-date across all your Apple devices Edits won't updte across your Apple devices
Store as many photos and videos as your iCloud storage allows Uploads the last 30 days and up to 1,000 photos 
Stored in original format at full resolution with the option to enable Optimise Storage to save space on your device Downloads to your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in smaller resolution. 

Downloads in full resolution on Mac or PC

Source: Apple

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