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#TBT in the age of iCloud Photo Library

Now, with iCloud Photo Library, if you're doing a #TBT on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter from your iPhone, you're no longer limited to the photos in your camera roll or those you've laboriously synced over from your personal computer. You have access to all the photos you've taken, ever, from every device you have connected to iCloud — including your potentially massive, historic Photos for OS X library.

That means when you go to throw back, you can throw back. We, the editors of iMore, decided to give it a try.

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These are all photos none of us previously had access to on our iPhones. Now we do, going back years, and without having to worry about running out of space. That's because all our older, infrequently viewed photos stay on iCloud unless and until we tap on the thumbnail to download and use them.

That ability to just have all your photos with you everywhere is amazing, and it enables all sorts of things, including a whole new level of #TBT.

So now it's your turn — go to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, post the oldest selfie iCloud Photo Library gives you access to, tag it with #TBT and #iMore, and we'll pick a few of our favorites, post them here, and hand out some prizes to go with them!

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

7 Comments
  • Hey, everything about iCloud Photo Library is a "THROWBACK". As an Android user, photo storage that takes up 4 gigs on my phone is a throwback to 2011!!! That's Apple innovation for ya! It's a shame that such nice hardware gets wasted on iOS and iCloud. Did you know, Rene, that I can keep all of my photos in Google's cloud, and access them anywhere with Android and the hit on my disk drive is about 325 megabytes. That's true cloud storage for ya. I have 10 gigs of photos on Google's servers that I can access anywhere but it uses 325 megabytes on my Galaxy S6. When I experimented with an iPhone for 3 months, earlier this year, I tried using iCloud Photo Library when the new Photos app launched on my Mac. Imagine my shock and horror when before all of my photos had even synced in the cloud, I was out of space on my iPhone 6 Plus. Everything about iOS is a THROWBACK, using it was like stepping into a time machine and using Android Gingerbread again. But Apple's built a fortune on the backs gullible people like you who didn't know that smart watches existed before Apple crapped out their ugly, square abomination. Then you praise and laud it, even while the Moto 360 is, in many ways, superior. I don't know why I read your articles. I just get angry when I do.
  • lol
  • Loll this guy's priorities are definitely in the wrong place haha getting mad and shit for some electronic gadgets! Go wine about your life elsewhere... Sent from the iMore App
  • *whine I don't get mad at "some electronic gadgets', I get mad that this clown has a high paying job being a tool, writing about Apple from a one sided, uneducated view.
  • Creepy
  • Who gets mad over a phone? Lol
  • I dont get mad over a phone, I get mad that this writer has a successful career being an idiot. Maybe I'm mad that I spent 750 bucks on an iPhone and it's a piece of shit. I'd say that's worth getting mad over. Apple fans are the worst kind of people.