We’re no strangers to borrowing our friend’s iPhone X just to take one of those stunning and professional-looking portrait mode pics (“Can you just get one more of us over here…with portrait mode, please?!”). Borrow no more, because it seems Instagram has heard our lowly iPhone 7’s pleas. The social media app just rolled out a new filter for its Instagram Stories, and it’s meant to mimic the portrait mode setting of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus cameras.
The feature, which began rolling out today to app users, also works for video (unlike normal Apple portrait mode) and sharpens the subjects by blurring the background, imitating the effect of a high-quality DSLR camera. To use, simply open the Instagram app, swipe left to enable Instagram Stories and select Focus under the camera button (located next to Superzoom). The filter can be used in both the selfie and back-facing camera modes.
Instagram Stories has also begun rolling out mention stickers, which are basically the same as location stickers but work for user profiles instead of typing out an @ symbol followed by a username.
Now, excuse us. We have some [fire emoji] selfies to take.