Upload Photos to iCloud Photo Library via iCloud.com
A couple of weeks ago, as a part of new iCloud Photo Library service, Apple has added a new Photos app to iCloud.com. Right now, the app provides users with a very limited functionality, so many people are complaining that there is no way to upload photos from their computers to iCloud Photo Library. Fortunately, soon Apple is going to add an option to upload the photos to iCloud Photo Library directly via iCloud.com using any web browser.
iCloud Help website
The source for optimism could not be more obvious - iCloud Help website. I noticed that Apple has been constantly updating the Help materials on its website, adding the new information about the services they have introduced this year.
Few days ago, I found the new section dedicated just to using the Photos app on iCloud.com. I was very happy to see the 'Add new photos or videos' feature among other features of the new Photos app. I have attached the screenshot below, but you can check it out yourself by visiting the link to iCloud help website.
Judging by the brief description Apple has added for 'adding new photos or videos' to iCloud Photo Library, the process is pretty straightforward.
Add new photos or videos
1. Log in to iCloud.com, then click Photos.
2. Click Upload and select the photos or videos you want to add.
3. Click Choose to upload them to your library.
Although users can already add their favorite photos to Favorites Album, I am looking forward to see Apple add more iOS-like functionality, such as an ability to search, create and manage the albums, drag photos into a custom order or even some basic editing capabilities.
What is iCloud Photo Library
iCloud Photo Library is a new photo management service that automatically uploads every photo and video to iCloud and gives users the access to entire libraries on any device connected to the same iCloud account. The structure of libraries is kept the same on all connected devices, while all edits and changes made on one device are automatically synced across the all devices.
iCloud Photo Library always stores the original full-resolution photos and videos in iCloud, but users can choose whatever they want to keep the original files on their devices, or save some free space by opting to keep the device optimized lightweight files instead. This feature is especially useful for people who use the iOS devices with 16GB of storage, allowing them to store the huge photo libraries without sacrificing the free storage on their devices.
iCloud Photo Library on Mac OS X
Apple has announced that they are going to release a Mac OS version of Photos app in the beginning of 2015. The app is going to replace the currently available iPhoto and Aperture apps as go-to photo management solution for Mac OS and iOS users.
As you can see on a screenshot above, iPhoto (as well as Aperture) does not provide a way to access the iCloud Photo Library, so until the new Photos app will be available for Mac OS, there is no way to natively access the iCloud Photo Library on Mac OS.
I expect Apple to add the uploading capability to Photos app for iCloud.com in coming days, so stay tuned for more news and detailed review of iCloud Photo Library.