Apple’s ProRAW photo format is now supported by Instagram following confirmation by a member of the iOS team. The feature might still be rolling out to some users, however.
Apple ProRAW was added to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max as part of the recent iOS 14.3 update and it allows users to enjoy the benefits of RAW without having to do without Apples computational photography features that would otherwise only be available in the JPG and HEIC versions of the photos people take.
ProRAW images can be edited in ways that simply aren’t possible when using a standard image format, with much more data captured. That allows photographers to create different images based on their requirements and opens up a world of possibilities.
However, while Instagram can now accept the upwards of 25MB images, we’re told that the app won’t be able to edit them in ways that make use of the new capabilities. That, the engineer says, is best left to specialist apps like Darkroom.
We’d also suggest using an app to get the images the way you want them to appear and then simply uploading them to Instagram for people to see.