Live Photos support in Instagram has begun rolling out to users on iOS. At the same time, support for the wide color gamut of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus has been added to the immensely popular Facebook-owned photo and video sharing app.
Mike Krieger, a cofounder of Instagram, has just announced through a couple of tweets that the aforementioned couple of long-awaited iOS features have made their way to the service.
If you're on an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, Instagram now supports wide color capture and display throughout the app—writing an eng blog on it soon
— Mike Krieger (@mikeyk) January 5, 2017
From Live Photos to Boomerang videos
Live Photos support in Instagram allows you to take any of the GIF-like images you’ve taken on your iPhone and convert it into a back-and-forth looping Boomerang video to be shared on the app’s Stories platform or as a direct message.
To turn a Live Photo into a Boomerang story, just follow these steps.
How to turn a Live Photo into a Boomerang video
In the home screen of Instagram, swipe right or tap the camera icon to open the Instagram Stories camera.
Select a Live Photo from your library.
3D Touch on the full-screen preview, or just tap and hold if your device is not 3D Touch-enabled, until a loading wheel appears.
The word “BOOMERANG” will be displayed as soon as Live Photo-to-Boomerang conversion is complete. You can then tap the plus icon to share the Boomerang video as a story or the right-arrow button to share it as a direct message.
If you’d like to share your Live Photo as a static image instead, just 3D Touch, or tap and hold, again on the full-screen preview to revert to “NORMAL” mode.
Wide color gamut on iPhone 7
In addition to Live Photos support in Instagram, support for the wide color gamut of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus has been incorporated into the app. This means that users of the newer iPhones will now be able to see and capture more vivid Instagram images.
Wide-color images and Live Photos support in Instagram were first announced by Instagram’s head of design, Ian Spalter, at the unveiling of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus in September. Another feature announced by Instagram at the event, the ability to use the telephoto lens on the iPhone 7 Plus for one-finger zoom, is yet to be implemented in the app, though.
Note that, being backend enhancements, both wide-color images and Live Photos support in Instagram don’t require updating the app. But to ensure stability and availability of other features, you may want to download the latest version of the app nonetheless.
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