Apple is getting ready to call time on its My Photo Stream feature. The feature was first launched in 2011 as part of iCloud but was subsequently replaced by other features including iCloud Photo Library.
My Photo Stream was a free offering that worked for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV and would make photos and videos available temporarily across all devices before they were replaced by new media. Media was only held for 30 days at best.
And while iCloud Photo Library has always been a better option because it syncs full-size versions of photos and videos, Apple continued to offer My Photo Stream because it didn’t use people’s iCloud storage. That will change on June 26, 9to5Mac reports.
And while Apple has maintained its measly 5GB of free iCloud storage since 2011, it will no longer sync any photos for free starting July 26. That’s when My Photo Stream will go offline. Because My Photo Stream holds photos for 30 days, Apple will stop uploading photos to My Photo Stream on June 26.
Apple now says that people should look to migrate to iCloud Photo Library, although that might also mean handing over some money to upgrade their storage.
Apple has also shared details on how to make sure that users have saved their photos and videos from My Photo Stream before it is killed off for good.