iPhone 6S - IOS 13.3 MacBook pro - El Capitan.
I have enabled iCloud Photos on iPhone - with Optimize iPhone Storage.
On Mac, I haven't enabled iCloud Photos, as I don't wish to have all my local photos library being uploaded to iCloud.
My ideal use case would be to have iPhone uploading photos to iCloud, as a first layer of getting the photos out of the iPhone, then periodically to connect my iPhone to my mac and import all the recent/not imported photos from it to my local mac library.
However, when I connect the iPhone via cable to my mac, Photos app can't find any new photos on it - although they exist there.
So I am wondering if this is expected behavior and if there is a way to achieve my ideal use-case?
Also, isn't there an one-way of syncing, for example to have my Mac only getting/downloading images from iCloud, instead of doing both uploading and downloading?
Now that I am thinking of it, maybe the Optimize iPhone Storage might be preventing this, as the original images do not reside on the iPhone - however, shouldn't I be able to access/see those as not imported on my mac?
What would be the workflow, if I turn off the Storage Optimization? Would the iPhone upload the originals to iCloud and also keep them in its local drive? Would that allow me to connect it to my mac and import the photos?