AWT News Update: June 6, 2017

Today we're taking a bit of a breather after yesterday's marathon podcast and today's iOS 11 beta testing, with just a few stories to share with you.

  • Are you in love with GIF animated images? The iOS 11 Photos app now has native support for GIFs, storing them in a special "animated images" folder
  • Anyone with a 1TB iCloud storage plan got a nice upgrade to 2TB today for the same $9.99 monthly charge

Our sponsor this week is Tick, powerful, straightforward time management software and tracking apps to boost your bottom line.

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Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for June 6th, 2017. After yesterday’s 25 minute podcast and today’s iOS 11 video, this will be a much shorter podcast.

We’re coming down from all of the announcements made yesterday, and checking in on the details of what Apple will add into the operating systems we use everyday. Be sure to visit our YouTube page at for both last night’s AWT TV livestream where we discussed the WWDC keynote, and an iOS 11 first look at Developer Beta 1.

All of you folks who are in love with GIF animated images, prepare to go wild with iOS 11. It appears that the Photos app adds support for GIFs, automatically placing them into a folder of animated images. Tapping on any of the GIFs puts them into motion, and they can then be added to Messages or emails. Previously, animated GIFs only worked in messaging and third-party apps and there was really no place to store them for continued reuse.

If you were one of the folks who was shelling out $9.99 per month for a 1 TB iCloud storage plan, you got a nice gift this morning. Apple has done away with the 1 TB plan, doubling the amount of storage available to 2 TB for the same price. The other levels still include the 5GB free plan, a 50GB plan for $0.99 a month and 200GB for $2.99 per month.

Our sponsor this week is Tick, providing straightforward time management software to help you improve your bottom line. Perfect for solo freelancers or large project teams, Tick provides a way to track time against a budget, capturing that time from anywhere using iOS, Android, Apple Watch and desktop timers. Add Tick to your existing project workflows through integration with hundreds of web apps, and get instant feedback on project status at any time. There’s a 30-day free trial of Tick waiting for you today.

That’s all for today; I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.