Instagram gets a resolution bump after all these years
The evolution of Instagram over the years has seen the photo-sharing service come to new platforms, pick up video support, and all the while apply filter after filter to millions upon millions of photos. And so far, all those photos that have passed through Instagram have shared some things in common: they’re all cropped to a square aspect ratio, and all sized to 640 x 640 pixels. While that resolution may have been sufficient for Instagram’s purposes, it was hardly taking full advantage of the high-res screens in our lives that are just aching to display some higher quality imagery, not to mention the speedy cellular networks ready to move around some slightly larger files. But now it’s finally time for change, and while Instagram photos will remain square, they’re getting a long-overdue resolution bump, as Instagram starts supporting photos up to 1080 x 1080.
The support for these higher resolution pics has been confirmed to be rolling out for both Android and iOS Instagram apps (don’t hold your breath for Windows Phone), and should be arriving gradually in phases.
Sure, even 1080 x 1080 doesn’t sound like it’s pushing too many limits, but Instagram was never about gathering the highest-res pics possible. Instead, this change feels more like an acknowledgment that while 640 x 640 may be just too tiny in this day and age, the idea that placing hard limits on photo shape and resolution is sill a key one to the service’s aesthetics, and we shouldn’t expect to see that change any time soon.