A new, more convenient version of Instagram is being rolled out in the browser. On the other hand, there is still no iPad app in sight, despite the demand.
Over the past few days, users of the web version of Instagram have seen upcoming changes to their interface. The social network has already undergone an update that finally makes it more convenient to use on a computer.
As of this writing, the Instagram web interface update had to be rolled out to a lot of people. This finally changes the game for those who like to browse their threads from their PC. Finally, the Instagram web app is no longer just a larger screen version of the smartphone app. It now offers a true user path and an adapted interface, very clearly inspired by Twitter, while remaining lighter.
So basically we find new features on the left of the screen. The web version abandons the simple icons taken from the smartphone version placed in a blurred manner and acquires a well-defined menu. Each menu is indicated by its name as well as its icon and access to account settings via the More submenu, is no longer placed in a profile picture.
And what about the iPad?
The Verge was able to get a statement from a Meta spokesperson confirming that this is not a test and therefore a permanent change. “We recently made an update to update Instagram.com, including improving navigation, improving the video experience, and offering a more comprehensive way to private messaging each other.”
Thanks to this update, Instagram can be used more simply on PC but also on tablets and iPads. In fact, the social network still does not have a dedicated app for tablets, more than 12 years after its launch. So it is necessary to go to the browser version to take advantage of it.
TikTok, which was launched in 2016, has a dedicated app, like many other social networks. Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, reiterated at the beginning of the year that the iPad app was not at all in the program, arguing that iPad users are not a large enough group of people. A statement that The Verge responded to at the time, noting that iPad users represented 34% of the total tablet market in 2021.