Apple just joined the 21st Century by launching an official Instagram account. You can scope and follow @apple right now, if you’re so inclined.
Apple’s Insta appears to be solely focused, at least for the time being, on highlighting “Shot on iPhone” photos and videos, images that are part of a campaign Apple launched to show off the camera prowess of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Previously relegated mostly to billboards, Shot on iPhone is moving to a higher-tech and much cooler platform.
The account currently features nine gallery posts, all having gone up earlier today, each with clips of photos and videos taken by different users.
Almost every series is accompanied by words spoken by the photographer, and the voice-overs explain things like their motivation to capture certain images or their feelings on photography in general. It’s an eclectic and creative mix, and Apple is inching close to 100,000 followers.
and already had their own Instagrams, but this marks the first time Apple proper has joined the service. Rivals like , and Samsung beat Apple to Insta, too.
It’s a smart move by Apple to launch a photo-focused account on the world’s biggest photo sharing platform for several reasons (here’s one: Millennials), but this could also be setting some crucial groundwork for the launch next month.
With the camera a perpetually important piece of the new iPhone puzzle, being able to show off shots taken with its snapper and highlight the 10th anniversary iPhone on Instagram is yet one more (and totally hip) way for Apple to connect with shoppers.
Anyone can “submit” photos to be featured on Apple’s Instagram by tagging their posts #ShotoniPhone. Who knows, you could be next!
By Michelle Fitzsimmons
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