Earlier in the week, Instagram – the hugely popular photo sharing service released a major update for their iPhone app.
Instagram hopes to improve the browsing experience with the features introduced in the latest update. Instagram 3.0.0 includes a new feature called Photo Maps, which is an all new way to browse your photos and your friend’s photos on Instagram.
The app makes use of the geo-location information stored in the photos to create a world map view of your or your friend’s images by location. It’s quite a neat way to browse through photos rather than being constrained to browsing through page after page of photos.
You can access your or your friend’s Photo map via the revamped profile page.
You can also add photos to Photo Maps via the revamped photo upload screen, which now includes a toggle to add the photo to your Photo map. It is nice to see Instagram giving us the option to choose which photos we want to add to the Photo map rather than adding all the geo-tagged photos to it. You also have the ability to remove images from the Photo Map using the edit button.
Instagram has also introduced infinite scrolling in feeds, so you no longer have to tap on the “load more” button when you get to the bottom of the page.
The Explore tab, hastag and location pages have also been revamped in the latest version. They now display bigger grid photos.
It’s possible to report individual comments as spam by swiping right or tapping on a comment and taping the trashcan icon. You can either delete the comment or delete and report the comment. Flagging a user or a photo has also been simplified.
Instagram has also made speed and loading improvements, which are noticeable on the iPhone 4S and the new iPad.
You can download the latest version of Instagram from the App Store using this direct iTunes link or via the Updates tab in the App Store app on your iPhone.