Dude, Where Are My Panoramic Instagrams?

A feature in iOS 6 lets you stitch together photos to create gorgeous panoramas that would look right at home on your Facebook. So why isn't it Instagram compatible?

Yesterday, Instagram released some handy updates that finally brought support for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. Among other things, it's also ditched the live filter option (which it's eventually phasing out completely) and made use of the iPhone 5's larger screen by letting you see more photos in your feed at once.

But the photos you can take on Instagram are still squarely, well, square, and they end up looking slightly awkward against the iPhone 5's extra screen real estate.

You know what could fill up that extra space? Those neat hi-res panorama shots you can now take using the camera on your iOS 6-enabled iPhone 4S or 5 and iPod touch. The same panoramic shots that look exactly like Facebook cover photos.

So why doesn't Instagram support panoramas? Given the careful additions to this most recent update, it seems like a strange oversight, especially since Apple has boasted about the new Facebook integration in the iPhone 5, which include the ability to share a photo to Facebook directly from your camera roll, where you're already busy storing those sprawling nature shots.

We've reached out to Instagram for comment and will update this post if we hear back.

[Image: Flickr user Mr Conguito]

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  • Moopy

    remember polaroids? remember changing the shape of polaroids? 
    how did that work out?

  • Bemused

    Is this article serious?
    Have you ever in your life used Instagram? Do you realise that square photos is part of what makes Instagram... Instagram?
    Why on earth would they change their whole interface/direction to cater for panoramas.

    The iPhone has also supported landscape and portrait photos since 2007... come on Instagram! Why you no support every photo shape????

  • Dan Smigrod

    Hi Christina ... 

    Panoramas (panos) created with Apple's iOS can (easily) be published to TourWrist - the YouTube of panos. As Fast Company Design has reported, TourWrist let's you 'teleport' in to a panorama:
    http://www.fastcodesign.com/16... same week Apple launched its iPhone 5, TourWrist added an uploader from "Camera Roll" feature that makes it easy to shoot, view and share panoramas shot with iOS 6 panorama. Soon, this TourWrist uploader will enable uploading panoramas from any iOS pano app that saves panos to the "Camera Roll" ... Plus, TourWrist will introduce an Android version of our app (soon).Here's some backstory about why 2012 is the year of mobile-social-pano:http://blog.tourwrist.com/ipho...

    On behalf of TourWrist,


  • Michael Plastina

    Most Android phones have supported taking panoramic photos for over a year... so framing it as a "now that the 'new' iPhone has this feature" issue is somewhat ridiculous.