When I wrote about the release of the official Yahoo! Mail iPhone app yesterday, it suddenly dawned on me that one of Yahoo’s other iPhone apps, Flickr, hadn’t been updated since December last year. Well, it would seem that someone at Yahoo! somehow became aware of my realization, seeing as Flickr for iPhone has finally received a new update.

Yup, after a year of inactivity with regard to app updates, the official Flickr app for iPhone has finally exhibited some significant signs of life.

Indeed, Flickr’s new, long-overdue app update is no mere bug-squashing or stability-boosting upgrade. As Yahoo! puts it, the updated Flickr app, which is now at version 2.0, is actually “a complete redesign of the previous version.”

As such, Flickr 2.0 boasts a new user interface. And this interface happens to resemble that of another popular photo sharing app. Can you guess which app that is? Of course, you can! Surprise, surprise: it’s none other than Instagram.

In fact, one of the key features in the all new Flickr app is the addition of Instagram-like camera filters. There are 16 of them in the app, and you can easily apply them to your photos before you upload them to your Flickr account.

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The latest update to the app also adds several photo editing tools plus the following features:

  • Connect with others around shared interests. Whether it’s food, travel, or anything else – Flickr has more than 1.6M groups, so there’s bound to be a Group that interests you!
  • New justified layout photo display makes your personal photostream look amazing
  • See recent photo activities from your friends and family. Make comments or mark them as favorites.
  • Flexible, personal privacy options to make your photos as public or private as you want.

Flickr 2.0 also includes a new sign-up and registration process that, for some reason, is integrated with Facebook instead of Yahoo! itself.

Designed for iPhone and iPod touch, and already optimized for iPhone 5 and the fifth-generation iPod touch, The newly updated Flickr app is available now in the App Store for free.