Instagram's latest update for iOS has enabled share extensions, making it easier to post photos to the service directly from other iOS apps. Users can now send pictures directly into their Instagram feed from apps like Photos.
Share extensions are hardly a new innovation, and were made available to developers back in 2014 with the release of iOS 8. Apps including Facebook and Twitter have already integrated similar share options, but Instagram has taken almost two years to update.
Users who update to the latest version of Instagram on an iOS device will now be able to send photos and other images to Instagram directly from other apps that they are stored in, with the option of adding a caption before it is posted into their feed.
Sharing images in such a manner does rob users of the option of adding filters or using Instagram's other photo editing tools, but it makes the process of sharing photos from other image editing apps that have the feature enables a lot faster.
The change is the latest move Instagram has made to offer a smoother, richer experience for users, coming shortly after extending its videos to 60 seconds, but many users are still angry over the platform's decision to reorder its feed from chronological to an algorithm-driven order.