i went to vietnam in sept, took well over 1000 pics on my iphone and were automatically backed up to my icloud acc. i have now just purchased a 18 mnth old mac book pro and would love to be able to download those pics to my mac?? when i go to icloud it doesnt show i have any photos. when i try to enable photostream on my mac there is no icloud?? please can someone tell me how i can get pics from icloud onto my mac?
The easiest way is to purchase iPhoto, plug your iPhone into your Mac, and import the photos into iPhoto.
You actually can't download the photos from iCloud, per se. You can, in a way, download Photostream images, if they sync over correctly, however, Photostream has a 1000 image limit, and it doesn't do well with syncing past photos taken. Instead, Photostream is more built for when you take a photo on your iPhone, or something, then it will sync that photo to all your devices, vs. syncing all previous photos.
Either way, iPhoto manages Photostream as well. When you open iPhoto you may even see the last 1000 pictures you have taken - depending on how things were set up.