When the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus debuted last September, Live Photos was one of the highly touted new features that was introduced. The Live Photos camera setting allows users to liven up a photo and more fully capture a moment by recording 1.5 seconds before and after the still image. The three second clips are not so easy to share yet however, as viewing them currently requires an iOS 9 device.
Instagram users may have already noticed an improvement in picture quality over the past several days. Last week the company announced it would roll out higher resolution uploads and photo viewing on its iOS and Android apps. For those keeping track, current Instagram resolution is 640 x 640 pixels. The upgrade will bring image resolution up to 1080 x 1080, almost tripling the number of pixels in each photo. Even better, the update will not require Instagram fans to download a new version of the app.
Saving Instagram photos to the iPhone camera roll remains impossible in the official app. While Instagram may not allow this activity, there are several ways to grab your favorite photos and videos. Apps are now available to accomplish this task, even for those without jailbroken iPhones. Previously we've seen jailbreak tweaks such as SaveGram do the trick, by adding a Save option to the "..." menu. Stock iOS users will need to check out one of these apps to save Instagram photos and videos to the iPhone:
Fans of Instagram on jailbroken iOS devices can install the free tweak SaveGram to save photos to the iOS Photos app. This jailbreak tweak simply adds a Save option to the "..." menu when viewing content. There are no options or settings to configure.
Both photos and videos from Instagram users you follow can be saved in one step. Opening the "..." menu in the lower right corner provides options to Delete, Edit, Share, Save or Cancel. SaveGram blends right into Instagram, operating like it was always part of the app.
The new iOS app MixBit is ready to take on Vine and Instagram in the rapidly growing world of social video sharing. MixBit allows users to capture 16 second "bits" (1 second longer than Instagram), and edit them together to create longer videos. Users can use their own bits, or any publicly shared video content from other MixBit contributors to create their own remixes.
MixBit creators Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who are also the founders of YouTube, say remixing other people's videos is the principal goal of the new service.
“The whole purpose of MixBit is to reuse the content within the system,” explained Hurley. “I really want to focus on great stories that people can tell.”
Hurley and Chen believe younger users will prefer MixBit to Vine and Instagram because of its video editing tools. Vine offers zero editing options, while Instagram only features a few basic choices. One thing MitBix does not offer is the ability to create individual profiles. Instead, users must upload their content anonymously to a communal pool of clips. MitBix also doesn't allow its users to comment on other people's work. However, Hurley did say they're working on adding these options in the future.