Way back in 2008, Apple launched iOS 2 and with it, came the App Store. Just two years later, Apple launched the first iPad. Flickr, the popular photo sharing platform has been around since 2004, but it was only in 2005 that it was acquired by Yahoo. So basically, to sum up, both Flickr, the App Store and the iPad have been around for ages. So why is it, that only now Flickr has finally launched an iPad app? It’s unclear why it took so long, but now that it’s here, is it any good?
In short, yes. It’s everything we excepted, and then some. There are nice large photos in the feed, stunning fonts and lots of transparent menus that make the new app feel in line with the new iOS 8 theme. Luckily, it doesn’t stop there. All the functionality you need is included. You can easily comment, fave and share photos. Another great feature that the app allows, is to check out the camera information and settings that were used to get that great shot you liked. We should add, that the app works in both portrait and landscape modes which is brilliant bonus.
You really can do everything from the app, including changes to your profile and settings. So, there is no longer any need to use the site itself. Obviously, the app allows you to take photos and also offers a few tools to tweak the results. This however, isn’t Instagram. Flickr is used by pros, so most of the uploads will be from expensive DSLR cameras anyway.
The app did launch very late into the game. There is no question about that. However, all things considered, the current launch seems to have been timed perfectly. Just when the new revised iPads with the stunning retina displays have launched, comes the Flickr app. It’s important to note, that Instagram doesn’t have an iPad app as of today. Does this mean that Flickr will finally be able to steal away some Instagram users? Possibly. Does this mean that we could soon see an Instagram iPad app? Seems very likely indeed.
It’s important to note that the app will only work with iOS 8, so if your still running an older version on your iPad, you will need to update. Head over to the App Store and check it out.