Instagram redesign iPhone screenshot Mashable 003

Instagram’s reportedly been testing a fresh new design for its mobile application for iOS and Android, MacRumors discovered yesterday. If leaked screenshots are anything to go by, in adopting much of iOS’s aesthetics the overhauled app sports a simpler, monochromatic look providing a cleaner, flatter appearance.

It’s unknown when the new design will launch for everyone. For now, Instagram appears to be testing the forthcoming app refresh with a small subset of its massive user base.

A fresh coat of paint for Instagram

Rather than a complete overhaul of the app, the new version is basically a fresh coat of paint that makes your content more visible in feeds. As the screenshots attest, the Camera button at the bottom is now grayish and the Activity button is now a heart icon rather than a heart in a speech bubble.

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As for the Profile button, it too has undergone slight changes and now resembles a generic people icon versus a user’s photo like in the current version of the app.

Here’s the before vs. after comparison.

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“We often test new experiences with a small percentage of the global community,” an Instagram spokesperson tells Mashable. “This is a design test only.”

Instagram frequently tests new features in select regions on small groups of users, and some tested features never see the light of day, so we’ll have to wait this one out to see whether the company decides to move forward with this redesign.

Still, no word whether the app has a new icon and a native interface on the iPad.

Source: MacRumors

  • Sofakingstepwit

    I need them to fix the icon or it stays buried in a folder.

  • I really hope they’ll change their icon this time.

  • Norbi Whitney

    The profile icon may be simply because it only has one account associated with it. Doesn’t the current version only have a generic people icon unless you have multiple accounts?

  • Elias Chao

    I’ve always had a generic people icon for the profile section.

  • James G

    Get rid of that hideous icon while you’re at it.

  • Noohar

    What’s wrong with the icon? I got no beef about it.

  • Jackson Grong

    Looks horrible, flat, lifeless, I see a lot of pisst off people if they decide to change it

    • Tyler James Lopez


    • igorsky

      Disagree. Puts the emphasis on the photos, where it belongs.

  • lou111

    another app loosin their character. Another the same clean design. I think 1, maybe 2 years everybody will be missing retro ios6 times with graphics. Now, 80% apps looks the same

  • Alexander

    I already have the new Design O_o

  • Andrieux Querido

    I like the old one better