Instagram for iPhone is receiving Apple ProRAW support today

Instagram logo on a Galaxy S10
Instagram logo on a Galaxy S10 (Image credit: Joe Maring / iMore)

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  • Instagram's iOS app is receiving support for ProRAW today, according to an engineer on the team.

Instagram is set to receive support for Apple's new ProRAW photo format today, according to a member of the team working on the app.

In a pretty innocuous tweet earlier, Instagram for iOS team member Tim Johnson announced the feature, saying that it's coming "this morning" but might "take a bit to propagate out."

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It isn't yet clear whether an app update will be required or if Instagram is making changes server-side, but neither appears to have happened for me just yet. Johnson does say that Instagram's in-app editing tools won't take advantage of ProRAW as such, however, meaning anyone wanting to make the most of the format should probably edit in a third-party app before uploading to Instagram.

Photographer Austin Mann recently explained why ProRAW is so great, although I doubt posting images to Instagram will show them off to their full potential.

I've reached out to Johnson for more info and I'll update this post if and when I receive it.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

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