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.
A few days after Vine introduced new features like "Revining", Instagram countered by adding landscape mode for both images and video. While Vine users are stuck shooting their six second videos in portrait mode, Instagram users can now shoot their fifteen second videos anyway they want. Hopefully Instagram users will take advantage of this new feature and escape the clutches of the dreaded Vertical Video Syndrome. Instagram version 4.0.2 also brings Cinema support to the front-facing camera. This feature was introduced for the rear-facing camera when video was originally launched for the app. The upgrade is available now for all current users. New users can download Instagram from the App Store for free.
Not to be outdone by Instagram, Twitter has added photo filters to its iOS app. Twitter version 5.2 brings eight different filters, the ability to crop and scale images, and an easy to use grid view for finding the best looking filters for your photos.
Earlier this month, Instagram decided to disable the ability to properly display images on Twitter. Twitter users are now forced to visit Instagram’s website to correctly view images posted via the Instagram app. Instagram’s chief executive, Kevin Systrom said in an interview: “We’ve decided that right now, what makes sense, is to direct our users to the Instagram website".