Yahoo-owned Flickr previously offered an iOS app, but only for iPhones. The new iPad app, called Flickr 3.2, supports the “Retina” display found on the old iPad Air and iPad mini, as well as the new iPad Air 2 and the new iPad mini.
While Retina iPads aren’t new, it might be the release of iOS 8 that finally prompted Flickr to get with the program: The new iPad app only works with iOS 8.
iPhone users also have an updated Flickr 3.2 app, provided they’ve got the new OS.
The Flickr app can display images on that high-resolution screen with “up to 3,000,000 pixels per photo,” the company’s official blog post says — that’s approximately equal to the 2,048 by 1,056 pixels on the devices’ screens.
The app lets you browse your Flickr feed in both landscape and portrait mode, includes plenty of room for photo descriptions and metadata (one of Flickr’s strengths), and supports Flickr’s usual search and commenting features.
It also lets you take pictures with your iPad, and even offers a live filters and a live histogram (a photo exposure graph often found on digital SLRs) so you can see how your photo will turn out before you press the virtual shutter button.
While taking photos with tablets is really annoying to some people, Flickr is taking full advantage of the new iPads’ high-resolution screen and excellent camera, which maybe — just maybe — will lead to better photos.
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Flickr is an image hosting and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community that was created by Ludicorp in 2004 and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed per... read more »