Using an iPhone 5 can be jarring if an app hasn’t been updated to support its 4-inch screen. While Android apps generally scale well to fit many disparate resolutions, Apple has necessitated that existing apps work in a letterbox format on the new 1136×640 screen, with black bars on the top and bottom in portrait mode. This also has the added disorienting side effect of moving the keyboard up a quarter of an inch, making touch-typing an issue.
All this to say that developers are finally getting to updating their apps for the iPhone 5. Some were ready for launch day, such as Tweetbot and Facebook, but others, like Instagram, took a bit longer. The popular photo-taking app has now been updated to take advantage of all that infinite scrolling goodness, though in reality it doesn’t seem much changed from the previous version.
Instagram has also updated its registration flow for better, ahem, synergy with its new Facebook
overlords owners. Gone, however, are the live previews that we could apply before taking the photos; this was due, according to Instagram, problematic implementation. In other words, they’re trying, like Facebook, to create a consistent experience across both iOS and Android, and they don’t want their Android friends getting upset that there are features unavailable to them.
If you’re running an iPhone 5, you can download Instagram and get snapping.