Regardless of your opinion on Apple’s new iCloud Photo Library snooping feature, you may be looking for a new way to store, sync, and organize your photos. We have good news and bad news.
iCloud Photo Library is one of the best things Apple makes. You take a photo on your iPhone, and it shows up almost instantly on your Mac and iPad. All your edits sync, and are undoable from anywhere. It’s fast, reliable, and until now, enjoyed excellent privacy.
In iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, your Apple device will process its own local images before uploading to iCloud Photo Library to see if they match known child sexual abuse material (CSAM). What happens next is beyond the scope of this article. We’re here to see if there are any viable alternatives that offer the convenience and former privacy of iCloud Photo Library.