It’s official, Instagram has been able to support Apple ProRAW files for a few hours. If this novelty is practical, it is not as interesting as one might think. We explain why.
In addition to HEIF (“High Efficiency”) and JPEG formats, Apple introduced its proprietary Apple ProRAW format last week with the deployment of iOS 14.3. Reserved for iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, the latter allows the firm to court image professionals and photo enthusiasts by taking up the main principles of the RAW format. Offered on digital SLR and mirrorless cameras, among others, this format generates large files (between 20 and 30 MB in general, against less than 10 MB for a JPEG file), but which retain a maximum of information. Enough to allow advanced retouching and very precise photo development with software such as Lightroom, Capture One, or DxO.
We learn today that Instagram is now able to support these new Apple ProRAW files … but without really bothering to exploit all the interest.
You can now upload Apple ProRAW files to Instagram
Reported on Twitter by Tim Johnsen, iOS engineer at Instagram, this novelty is being deployed and quite simply allows the platform’s iOS application to take into account files in Apple ProRAW format. It is therefore possible to share them on Instagram in exactly the same way as you publish a classic JPEG file taken a few seconds earlier with your smartphone.
In all likelihood, this functionality is already accessible to a majority of users. We were also able to test it this morning.
They do not, highly recommend other editing apps like @usedarkroom for that
– Tim Johnsen (@timonus) December 18, 2020
The opportunity to see, as Tim Johnsen had clarified following a user’s question, that Instagram support for the Apple ProRAW format is limited only to uploading. Indeed, the service’s editing tools do not take advantage of the information contained in ProRAW files, which is a shame, but quite predictable. As specified 9to5Mac, Instagram simply converts the raw ProRAW files into JPEG so that they can then be used by the usual settings offered by the platform.
If you want to edit an Apple ProRAW file before sharing it on Instagram, the best thing is to go through the Photo application on your iPhone, or use a third-party tool like Darkroom or Halide.