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  1. #16
    iCloud: can't see my photos..
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    You can upgrade the OS on your old MBP, if you want to. However, if you have older software and need it to be compatible, you will want to see if the versions you are using, have been updated for the newer OS you may upgrade to.

    How to upgrade to OS X El Capitan - Apple Support
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    iCloud: can't see my photos..
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    Here I'm in the dark a little because my memory of snow leopard is a little dim. Someone else can chime in here but I think that Image Capture may be able to download all your photos to your MBP. I seem to recall that Snow Leopard had Image Capture (a native app). My guess is your iPhone will not be compatible with iTunes in Snow Leopard.
    If you can download your photos to the MBP then they can be backed up either using Time Machine or directly to an external USB Hard Drive.

    Edit; Bob beat me to it. Yes you can upgrade your operating System to El Capitan that will make things as far as compatibility with your phone a bit easier. It will also give you access to iCloud.
    Last edited by Rod; 10-28-2019 at 10:33 PM.
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    iCloud: can't see my photos..
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    @Rod

    I can confirm that Snow Leopard does have Image Capture, but also confirm that the OP's iPhone will not be recognised by SL.

    I say this with confidence because my dear old friend of 85 years has SL on what was once my 21 inch iMac. His iPhone, again previously mine, can only go as far as iOS 10.x and is not recognised by SL; the OP currently runs iOS 12.4.1 (post #3).

    Upgrading, as Bob said, would almost certainly help matters.

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    iCloud: can't see my photos..
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    Thanks Ian, I thought so but it seems like a long time ago now.


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    iCloud: can't see my photos..
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    Quote Originally Posted by kali89 View Post

    once all is synched ALL photos in iCloud will be downloaded to my iPhone???????????? I DONT' WANT THAT!!!!!
    The reason I steer clear of iCloud sync. It doesn't do what most of us want it to do, but what some geek who does not live in the real world, in Apple THINKS might be a good idea. Several friends have been caught out when their phone memory has become full and they have deleted photos from their phone in the sure and certain knowledge that they have been copied to iCloud only to find that they have been lost forever. I used to try to fathom out exactly what settings were needed (with help from this site, Apple and other forums) but now tell all that ask to ignore the cloud as far as photos are concerned and save images manually to your computer.
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    hi IWT,

    I was asking about a BU service for my iPhone, not my computer (for my computer I have a very large external HD where I backup all data files in my computer using Time Machine..)

    thank you.....

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    iCloud: can't see my photos..
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    Quote Originally Posted by kali89 View Post
    hi IWT,

    I was asking about a BU service for my iPhone, not my computer (for my computer I have a very large external HD where I backup all data files in my computer using Time Machine..)

    thank you.....
    I am sorry. So many of the posts related to Snow Leopard and so on.

    Anyway, I do apologise for misunderstanding your needs. No harm done

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    iCloud: can't see my photos..
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    Does iMazing work on your system? If so, it can make backups of the iDevices for you. Once the backups are on your Mac, TM will then back them up, giving you extra protection.
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    iCloud: can't see my photos..
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    Quote Originally Posted by kali89 View Post
    hi IWT,

    I was asking about a BU service for my iPhone, not my computer (for my computer I have a very large external HD where I backup all data files in my computer using Time Machine..)

    thank you.....
    By far the most accessible, cheapest, fastest and some would argue safest method of backing up the contents of your iPhone is your computer.
    Consequently a secure backup for your computer becomes equally important.
    Despite the massive changes in Apple software and its functions over the 30+ years I have been an Apple Mac user I still believe that personal backups are better than off site or cloud based storage.
    So if you are happy to pay for additional storage on iCloud you can store all of your current and future photos (without them all being on your iPhone) but to do that and still be able to access, edit and manage them all quickly and conveniently you need a “viewer”.
    Without doubt the best viewer is Apple’s macOS native Photos app. Sadly your computer is not capable of upgrading to an Operating System that will have that app and your phone is already running the iOS version of that app.
    In short, your iPhone is no longer compatible with your best data management option, your computer.
    Having said that, there may be some alternative ways of moving the contents of your Camera Roll to your MBP. To do that you will need to upgrade your MBP at least to an Operating System that gives you access to iCloud.



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    iCloud: can't see my photos..
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    To follow up on the above while it is possible to use your iPhone as a "stand alone" device it is not ideally suitable for reviewing, editing and managing a large online library of photos due to its limited storage and small screen.

    Perhaps I should explain how my system works, I apologise if you are already familiar with this but of course we have no way of knowing your level of computer knowledge:
    I take a series of photos on my iPhone.
    I do not use iCloud Photo Library but I do use iCloud's My Photo Streaming service. This means all photos I take are synced to my MBP for 30 days where I can review and or save them to the photo library on my MBP.
    I can also simply connect my iPhone via USB cable (like a camera) and download all of the contents of my Camera Roll to Photos on my MBP where they are added to my library, I get the option to delete them from the iPhone at the same time.
    My MBP is backed up to 2 External USB Hard Drives.

    This is the way Apple has designed the system to work although no doubt they would prefer me to use iCloud Photo Library as well, not to mention Desktop an Document storage and a whole host of other information. I am resistant to using any more iCloud storage than I absolutely need to sync things like contacts, calendars, notes and reminders so that my wife and I share just 50Gb of iCloud storage only. I do backup my iPhone however because I am an overseas traveller.

    So upgrading your MBP to El Capitan would give you a later iPhoto and some other transfer options not to mention iCloud access but, and this is an important consideration, if you are running the original Hard Drive in your MBP, rewriting it as part of an Operating System upgrade could cause it to crash. The average life span of a HDD is only about 5 years. One of our members has a footnote which states "it is not a matter of if your computer will crash but when".

    In an ideal world I would simply advise you to purchase a new or refurbished MBP which would give you all of the afore mentioned features, options and resources as well as improving your online security but I do not know your financial situation or options in that regard.
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  11. #26
    exactly.. this is why I'm not considering upgrading now... I have programs that I cannot do without, that are quite old (Photoshop, CS5, Dreamweaver CS5) that no way would work with an upgraded OS.. (plus I would need to purchase MS Office.. can't do all this right now...)

    thank you for your response.

    - - - Updated - - -

    oh please.. no need to apologize, I appreciate your response and your help.... :-))

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