iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR

Apple’s new iPhone have bigger screens and with them come new resolutions, meaning your favorite apps need to be updated to take the full advantage of the extra pixels. One of them, Instagram for iOS, got refreshed this morning with support for the new display resolutions on the latest 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max and the upcoming 6-1-inch iPhone XR.

Even though release notes for Instagram’s 65.0 update don’t make even a passing mention of this feature, Zac Hall of 9to5Mac has spotted this morning the newly-added support for the latest iPhone display resolutions.

Before today, apps that haven’t adapted yet to the new form factors, like Instagram, would show a scaled up version of the iPhone X version of the app, resulting in a fuzzy appearance. As we reported last week, both iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR support iOS’s Display Zoom accessibility feature (but not the original 5.8-inch iPhone X and its successor iPhone XS).

Here’s the optimized vs. scaled comparison.

Instagram for iOS - optimized vs. scaled comparison

As a reminder, Instagram recently brought a GIF button to Direct. In case you haven’t seen it already, you can now add animated GIFs to your direct messages on Instagram. Just tap the button to search for the perfect GIF or hit the option labeled Random to add an element of surprise.

Last but not least, Instagram is testing some new features like invisible hashtags and tagging friends in videos, but there’s no telling if they will be released globally or ditched altogether.