When Instagram was first launched several years ago, it was an app that ran only on iOS. Gradually, it began to expand to operating systems, namely Android and Windows Phone. Now, it is revisiting its iOS roots by launching a new app called Hyperlapse, which (for now) only works on iOS-run devices.
What Hyperlapse does is that it allows its users to create time lapse videos with the use of their own iOS devices. To make a video, users simply have to open the app, start recording by tapping the circle located at the bottom of the screen, and then stop by tapping the same circle again. When they are done recording the video footage, they can make use of a slider in order to select the speed. Users can choose speeds from a range of 1x to 12x. For a more cinematic result, the video they captured is automatically stabilized.
After the video has been stabilized and captured, users can save it in their camera roll. Because this app is made by Instagram, people naturally have the option of sharing their videos online through their Instagram accounts.
However, it should be noted that users can only create Instagram videos up to 15 seconds long. So video-happy people can make as many 15-second time lapse videos as they want, that is as long as their internal storage can hold them. But since users can save videos on their camera roll, they can share them online to other websites just as well.
As of now, Hyperlapse is available for all devices that run on iOS 7 and higher iOS versions. That means the app can be used for the iPhone 4 and later models as well as the 5th generation iPod Touch and the iPad.
Hyperlapse is only the second standalone app that Instagram has launched since it was bought by Facebook for $1 billion back in the year 2012. In July of this year, the photo-sharing social media website launched Bolt, a photo sharing app similar to Snapchat. As of this writing, Bolt is available in Singapore, South Africa, and New Zealand (both iOS and Android versions).
It is too soon to tell how big a hit Hyperlapse will be for iOS users. But even then, the app will face tough competition from Apple very soon. The phone maker giant has revealed during its Apple WWDC event last June that the camera app in the yet-to-be-released iOS 8 will come with a built-in time lapse feature. While Hyperlapse has made a head start, there is no knowing how it may fare when pitted against quite an established competitor such as Apple.
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