As reported by TechCrunch, “buried within Instagram’s Android Application Package (APK) is an icon for a Portrait shutter for the Stories camera. This could potentially let people shoot stylized portraits with bokeh effect-blurred backgrounds or other lighting effects.” Apparently, the icon would show up overlaid on the Instagram Stories camera shutter button when you swipe to the corresponding mode. BGR India has reached out to Instagram to find out more about the same.
Lately, many smartphones, including newer iPhones, feature a portrait option in their default native cameras, which help users achieve a bokeh-effect, among other lighting effects for the images they click. While the shots from the native camera can always be used to upload within an app, nowadays people are increasingly recording content straight with the in-app Stories cameras in Instagram and Snapchat that offer advanced editing and special effects. That’s where the integration feature can come in handy.
It is unclear whether Instagram’s portrait mode will only be a single setting or include more ways to stylize an image, but this feature opens a lot of scope for the photo sharing platform. Also, like it happens with many rumored features of Instagram, the feature may not necessarily be named portrait mode, and could go by some other name. That might also decrease confusion between the feature on the native camera apps and on the app.