Instagram, the service that describes itself as “a fast, beautiful, and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures,” is coming up on its one year anniversary. The service is also approaching the 10 million user mark.

Perhaps the even bigger news (at least for us as users) is that the 6-man team pushed out a major update for its popular iPhone app today. Instagram 2.0 offers a host of new features, including 4 new filters to help unleash your inner hipster…

A lot of users have already weighed in on the new design, which allows you to add in filters on the fly, and there seems to be mixed reviews. Some folks like the changes because they make sharing photos quicker, and others despise the new interface.

I actually like the new UI. With the old version of Instagram, it was a 4-5 step process to take a photo, add a filter, and post it. With Instagram 2.0, however, the filters can be applied within the photo capture screen. This speeds up the entire process.

Speaking of filters, the company added four more options in today’s update — Amaro, Rise, Hudson and Valencia. I don’t think I used half of the ones available in the first place, but you can never have too many filters.

The update also brings the ability to save pictures in high resolution 1936 × 1936 format, which is a huge improvement over the old 612 x 612 limitation. If you want to try it out, you can download the new version of Instagram from the App Store.

What do you think of the new update?

  • Acolz

    Cool might try it, if my old 3G will run it

  • Alex

    I only used it once, but the Gotham filter was great for dark cloud photos… Oh well. I don’t like the new Earlybird either.

  • Great App!

    However, the Author forgot to mention that this APP is Currently FREE in the iTunes store – I just downloaded my copy! Can’t wait to try it.

    • kurt

      “currently free”? hasn’t it always been free?

    • Alex

      It has always been free. Something that currently is free is Snapseed. It’s otherwise 4.99. 🙂

  • Gus Me

    I like the new update. I would’ve thought by now they would’ve made it easier to use hash tags within the app though ala Twitter. Other than that, very nice.

  • Im running into a problem with it on iOS 5. I dunno if it’s iOS 5 or the app itself, but it won’t save to my camera roll. Anyone else having this issue? Yes I know i’m using a Beta version, and it hasn’t been optimized for iOS5, but I wasn’t having this problem when using the older version. But as for UI and all, I like the new set up better.

    • Alex

      Nope. You have to post the picture to save. It’s probably just a bug.

  • Pint

    I’m having a problem when I take the picture directly from within the app. All my pictures turn black in this way…

  • Amanda

    Me too I take a great pic and I loose it please anyone answers?!