Instagram updated with iOS 7 style UI, larger and higher resolution photos

By , Sep 25, 2013

Instagram 4.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)Instagram 4.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

Joining the growing trend of revamping App Store software for iOS 7 look and feel, Facebook-owned Instagram just rushed out a new version of its iPhone and iPod touch app. It’s bringing with it flattened, minimalistic design focused on edge-to-edge images and videos. On the downside, this Instagram release skimps on headline new frameworks (that’s why it feels rushed out) which Apple created to help developers tap new iOS 7 technologies.

Nonetheless, it’s a nice little update and fans should be happy that Instagram no longer looks out of place and behaves like a good citizen on iOS 7…

Unfortunately – and what a blasphemy – the team forgot to flatten the app icon.

According to the blog post, images and videos now render edge-to-edge, in line with the minimalistic iOS 7 philosophy which puts emphasize on user content by getting rid of UI clutter. Instagram content isn’t just resized in-app, they’ve done it on the backend, too, so your photos and videos “will be clearer and more vibrant than ever”.

In this update you will find that we’ve increased the size of photos and videos in your feed so that they expand to the edges of your screen. We’re also happy to say that increased size means increased resolution, so photos and videos will be clearer and more vibrant than ever.

I’m loving the circular profile images (see screenies at the top) – again, in line with iOS 7’s convention of using circular contact images in Phone, Messages and other core apps.

Instagram 4.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Instagram 4.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Your photos and videos also appear larger in the grid view.

“We led our redesign with a focus on clarity to keep the feel of Instagram clean, simple and grounded in the photos and videos you discover and share,” wrote the team.

Aside from “design updates and performance improvements for iOS 7″, there are no other changes in this Instagram release. The app still doesn’t support iPhone 5s Slow-Mo clips (workaround: export a 120FPS video to Camera Roll and then import to Instagram).

Also missing from this Instagram release: iOS physics, dynamics and layering.

Worse, there’s no pull-to-refresh, what’s up with that?

Instagram 4.2 is available for download today in Apple’s App Store.

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  • omrishtam

    nice one

  • Thiago Vaccaro

    The icon doesn’t match with the UI as a design… The icon looks too skeumorphistic. They should redesign this icon, looks pretty ugly now.

    • Hermès Vainstar Chu

      they have a dev app icon in the folders which looks better and suits ios 7

      • Markus Hudobnik

        Can you post it? I wanna see it

      • Hermès Vainstar Chu

        This the dev one, they should consider using this as a base for a new icon

  •  Rich 

    Yeah, the Icon needs to be reworked

  •  Rich 

    And now the wait for Tweet Bot to update

    • The Shoonchy 

      This
      The app I use the most

  • Conanda

    nice. love the animation when i scroll up timeline.

  • William Melendez

    Nice upgrade ! I’m sure they will flatten the icon eventually.

  • Prasoon Singh

    The icon is still the same.

  • Markus Hudobnik

    I wanted a flat icon more than a flat UI

  • chumawumba

    If your going to make it flat, then do a full and complete job.

  • D.

    Is the circle profile pic new or am I going crazy?

  • William

    Nice interface

  • Johnny Chingas

    will the new updated ig work on 6.0 jb?

    • FOFF

      yes

  • Jarryd Richards

    …and still no iPad support.

    • mehrab

      On ios 7 iphone apps look crystal clear and not blurry no matter what ipad you have

  • SHiHJuN

    long-tap the camera button to access your camera roll get removed!

  • Lee Sek Hon

    swipe to back is removed but it uses the ios7 swipe to back feature. *i still prefer the old feature because i don’t have to swipe from the edge, my finger is not that long haha*