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Instagram: Welcome To Full HD

This new Instagram upgrade was 5 years in the making

Instagram: Welcome To Full HD

Yet since it’s foundation in 2010, Instagram has kept the pathetically low 640 x 640 resolution despite massive advances in photography - from 1080 pixels to 2K to 4K. 

For an app all about photography, you would think it would be a little more up to speed on the latest camera tech. Yet since it’s foundation in 2010, Instagram has kept the pathetically low 640 x 640 resolution despite massive advances in photography - from 1080 pixels to 2K to 4K.

2014 was the year that popularized 4K (which has a resolution of about 4000 x 2666), and here we are, one year later, still uploading photos with terrible resolution to a most-beloved app.

To be honest, it’s not that we need 4K on Instagram. Our eyes are not fine tuned enough to tell the difference between full HD or 2K on a smartphone.

However, our eyes can definitely tell the difference between a measly 640 x 640 and 1080 x 1080. Which is why the over 300 million worldwide Instagram users can now rejoice.

Instagram is finally upgrading the iOS and Android apps to support 1080 x 1080 pixels.

Instagram is finally upgrading the iOS and Android apps to support 1080 x 1080 pixels. 

In fact, it’s really kind of amazing that the company has managed to put this off for 5 years - it’s a small resolution upgrade, not an entire user interface overhaul.

The company spokesperson that made the announcement didn’t give an exact date that it would be available to all users, and instead said that the upgrade would be gradual.

The Verge was the first tech news to report on the upgrade, and they managed to discover it on Friday thanks to a ‘1080px’ found in Instagram’s source code, those sneaky hobbits.

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