If you own either the iPhone XR or the XS Max and are an avid Instagram user, you might have noticed that something is a bit off with the app. You might have realized that the app suddenly looks “bigger”, and if you’re wondering if it is maybe your mind playing tricks on you, it’s not because that’s pretty much what happened.
In a report from 9to5Mac, it appears that the latest update for Instagram “broke” the app in terms of optimization, and apparently this was intentional. The report claims that the team behind the development of the app had to use an older version of Xcode to compile and submit the update to the App Store. This was apparently due to the fact that apps compiled using the iOS 12 SDK but are running on devices with iOS 9 have been known to crash.
Also given the fact that apparently a large number of Instagram users are still on iOS 9, Instagram couldn’t safely make the switch without potentially ruining the experience for many of its users, thus the intentional use of an older Xcode which ultimately resulted in the optimization of the app “breaking”.
The app still works very much as intended, it’s just no longer optimized for the larger displays of the iPhone XR and XS Max. For those with the iPhone X, XS, or any of Apple’s older and smaller iPhones, this won’t affect you. No word on when Instagram plans on fixing this, but admittedly the app is still very much usable so we reckon it shouldn’t really be that much of an issue.