There’s no shortage of apps on the App Store for browsing Instagram using your iPhone and iPad, and most let you enjoy snaps from people you follow far more elegantly that on Instagram’s official iPhone app. But wouldn’t it be great if you could check out the latest Instagram photos anywhere in iOS, with a simple pull-down gesture?
That’s what Feeday, a new Today Widget for the iPhone and iPad by developer Arcangelo Fiore, does.
With this app you can easily keep track of your latest Instagram feed right within the Today view of iOS’s Notification Center, and it’s free!
Feeday presents your latest Instagram feed in blocks of three, six or nine photos within the Notification Center’s Today view on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. You can open any photo directly on the official Instagram app just by tapping on it.
The app also lets you choose your preferred block of photos by tapping the settings button within its Today widget. I have, however, some gripes with Feeday. For starters, I think the widget’s Settings button is too big. There’s no need to waste precious screen real estate in the Today view with a button this large.
I also dislike that it only shows me the most recent photos from my Instagram feed, but not comments, likes and other data. And thirdly, the widget takes too long to load the feed, an issue I sincerely hope the developer will address with a future update.
None of this would bother me much if the ability to select the block size weren’t hidden behind a one-time $0.99 In-App Purchase.
Despite these drawbacks, Feeday works well—in fact, exceptional well on the iPad—and the developer is already hard at work developing an Apple Watch app, too.
Pictured above and below: browsing your Instagram feed with Feeday for iPad.
The 30.6-megabyte app requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.0 or later.
Feeday is optimized for the iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes and, as mentioned before, Fiore is already working on a WatchKit component with an Apple Watch app and a glance for your wrist.