Currently Being ModeratedMar 12, 2012 4:44 PM (in response to master 1)
Your other thread is asking about Photostream, I'm wondering whether you mean Photostream or backup, in terms of backups you cannot selectively restore or delete content in a backup.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 12, 2012 5:32 PM (in response to master 1)
I'm no expert, but the latest release of iOS 5 does allow you to delete individual images from your Photostream on your iOS device, i.e. iPhone... That said, I do not know if doing that is actually removing the images from your iCloud account or not. It may just be removing them from your Photostream view on your iOS device. My reason for thinking this is that when I delete images from my Photostream on my iPhone, they still show up in my Photostream when I view it in Aperture. This is telling me that the deletion of the images on my iOS device is not carrying over all the way to iCloud. I'm not sure if this is by design or if Apple is still working out the kinks of being able to allow deletions from iCloud and/or the Photostream. We shall see...
Any thoughts on these points would be welcome.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 12, 2012 6:01 PM (in response to macorin)
You are quite correct, you can now delete photos from Photostream on a device by device basis, removing a photo on one device doesn't remove it on others though.
The OP asked about backup though, even though I think they might have meant Photostream.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 12, 2012 6:29 PM (in response to Winston Churchill)
Yes, but it still appears that you cannot delete photo stream images on one device - that being the computer. I can't delete images from my photostream in Aperture.
In any case, I'm not sure why a deletion in one place doesn't update things everywhere. Photostream is supposed to keep you synced, but I can see how it might not work like an IMAP account in email. Maybe this feature will come some day. Right now it's a little confusing with my photostreams all being different on my different devices.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 12, 2012 7:05 PM (in response to macorin)
I'd agree, personally I don't see any point in deleting photos from Photostream except on the Apple TV which is the only place you might share them, however I'd like to delete them before we all sit down in front of the TV to watch them, which I'd need to do say on the iPhone and then sync the changes.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 12, 2012 8:10 PM (in response to Winston Churchill)
The Photostream is a really nice new feature with iCloud. However, it isn't perfect. My main issue with it is that there is no way to control what gets synced to your other devices. For instance, every image that gets shot with or saved to your iPhone, goes right to the Photostream. Once on the Photostream, it goes directly to my other devices. Sometimes, I save a photo to my camera roll, or take a screen shot, and sometimes I shoot a really bad photo that is too dark or all blurry. I usually delete these from my camera roll, but that has no effect on what gets sent to the Photostream. Once an image hits the camera roll, it automatically goes to the Photostream. This is an issue when I go to my other devices, such as my Macbook Pro and Aperture, where it automatically shows up on my Photostream there, and worse, if I have it set to automatically import, those (unwanted) images go right into Aperture. Of course I can delete them there, but it all makes for extra work. At the same time, I guess I don't have to keep the Photostream on, but that solves nothing and then doesn't give me access to my photos in the cloud.
I'd like to see an option that would allow you to pick and choose what gets sent to the Photostream. That way, I could shoot pictures with my iPhone, go through them, delete the ones I don't want, and then beam the ones I do want to keep to the Photostream. This would be much more logical and efficient for someone like me.
I may be in the minority on that, and I do see positives to having everything go to the Photostream automatically in that sometimes you delete an image that you then want back, and this does give you an instant backup mechanism, even if only during the duration of the 1000 photo limit (which is more than enough to make a decision on individual photos).
The system isn't perfect though, because for every lousy and unwanted photo that goes to my Photostream, it is potentially kicking out a great and wanted image. All-in-all, I keep my master images in Aperture stored on an external drive, and then backed up on multiple other drives, so it isn't as though I'm losing any images, but still... I guess you can't really treat the Photostream like an album. It is a fleeting album if anything. 1000 images is a lot, but I think it would be better if Apple increased that amount.
Anyway, all food for thought.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 9, 2012 3:56 AM (in response to master 1)
I downloaded quite a few pictures when I set up my ipad3. I was able to delete from the photostream , but could ot delete from the photo section.
So I just did a factory restore
Will that delete the pictures from icloud?