Instagram update improves location features, filters

Instagram has released an update to its social photo sharing app adding better location support for photos, making some filter adjustments and improving the tilt-shift quality. Last month the company released a major update with completely rewritten and redesigned filters. Shortly following that release Instagram acknowledged in a blog post that changes to the Earlybird filter were unintentional and that the tilt-shift feature was more intense than it should have been, indicating that these would be fixed in a new version submitted to the App Store.

Version 2.0.1 revamps both the Earlybird and Brannan filters to act more like the original versions from before the 2.0 release. The update also provides a softer cutoff in the tilt-shift feature, making the preview consistent between screens and less intense. Additionaly, the new version makes several improvements to location support, allowing users to tag imported photos with the location where they were originally taken rather than the location the photo is imported from the camera roll.

Photos taken within Instagram will also now include the geo-location data in both the original and filtered versions saved into the iOS photo library, although this information will not be included in the uploaded version of the photo. Instagram 2.0.1 is available from the App Store as a free download.