Instagram regularly adds to features such as stickers, filters, and even continuously improves upon its UI and performance in the app. They even introduced a new feature that shows which accounts you least and most interact with. However, one thing that Instagram does not have is an iPad app. A few days ago, Instagram CEO Mosseri took to Instagram stories to answer a few questions – including why the app doesn’t have a native iPad app.
Mosseri says, “We’d like to build an iPad app, but we only have so many people and lots to do, and it hasn’t bubbled up as the next best thing to do yet.” According to Mosseri, the Facebook-owned company doesn’t have enough resources to develop for both platforms. Seriously? The $610 billion tech giant doesn’t have enough resources for Instagram to make an iPad app?
It seems unusual that Instagram prioritizes bringing DMs to the web version of its app, and spends time on unfollow suggestions, but has not brought native support for the iPad. The iPad has been around for 10 years now and is the most popular tablet in the world. How does Instagram think that an iPad app isn’t a priority? If you have tried using Instagram on an Android tablet, you would know that the app would feel awkward, as images would be too large. However, a version of the app with multiple images side-by-side on the iPad would be pretty cool. Seeing how Instagram hasn’t brought native support yet, we can be pretty sure that we aren’t getting a redesigned iPad version of Instagram anytime soon, or ever.
Instagram also killed off third-party iPad apps for Instagram after it changed its API a few years ago. The security concerns for this is understandable, but why not introduce your own iPad app then? Many people use Instagram these days to watch videos, browse through multiple images, and even read the news. Seeing how Instagram is used for more than just sharing pictures, not having native iPad support is just painful. Until we get a native app, you’d just have to use the web app of Instagram on your iPads.
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