Instagram Update Will Take Advantage of iPhone 7 Plus Camera

At Apple's event in San Francisco Wednesday, Ian Spalter, head of design at Instagram, previewed an update coming to the photo- and video-sharing app later this year.

At Apple‘s event in San Francisco Wednesday, Ian Spalter, head of design at Instagram, previewed an update coming to the photo- and video-sharing application later this year.

With this update, when users activate the Instagram Stories camera on the new iPhone 7 Plus, they will see a zoom slider on the left side of the screen. The zoom feature will support haptic feedback, so users will be able to “feel” when they’ve moved from optical zoom to digital zoom on the new device.

In addition, this update will include revamped filters that will take advantage of the wide color gamut on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Elsewhere, Instagram will use the Live Photos application-programming interface to allow users to create Boomerang images from their Live Photos. Boomerang images are Instagram’s animated images, which animate back and forth. Instagram will also allow users to import their existing Live Photos into Instagram and convert them into Boomerang images.

Finally, Instagram will add a 3-D Touch shortcut to the app’s home screen icon, which will allow users to quickly add new posts to their Instagram Stories.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in more than 25 countries beginning Sept. 16.