If you’re like me, you probably spend a lot of time in Instagram during the day. In fact, if you’re like me, you probably spend so much time in Instagram that you wish it was integrated right into iOS, just a swipe away from no matter where in the operating system you are.
Apple’s never going to get around to baking deep integration to the Facebook-owned Instagram into iOS, but here’s the next best thing: a new app that puts Instagram right in iOS 8’s Notification Center.
Feeday is a simple, but excellent, Notification Center widget that lets you covertly check Instagram without ever opening the app.
It basically slurps up your Instagram feed and puts the most recent images as small thumbnail images, which show up when you swipe down from the top of your iPhone or iPad.
The functionality isn’t exactly deep. Feeday only shows images, not comments, likes, or even who posted the photo, and you certainly can’t upload photos to Instagram through the app. But if you just want to get a quick view about what’s happening, Feeday’s pretty great, and you can always tap an image to load it up directly in the Instagram app.
The latest three photos are available in the free version of Feeday, although you can pay $0.99 as an in-app purchase to put more in your Notification Center. If you use Instagram with any regularity, I think it’s $0.99 well spent.