Our iOS and iPadOS version history with a little bit of humor.


August 30, 2023

Sit on down now, and let me tell you the story about an app who updated itself to make it a little nicer, a little better, a little more stable, eliminating a few bugs here and there.

The best part about this story is it only has a beginning.


August 15, 2023

Did you think, “Well, I love this app and the team, but I don’t want a yellow badge everywhere so I’m not upgrading to Patron just yet.”? Well have we got the release for you. Glass, now with 33% less badge.

And other minor improvements to a few little things here and there. Some knick knacks and such have been shuffled around. If a bug is squashed in a codebase and we don’t tell you about it, did it really happen?


July 25, 2023

Say hello to Patron! Our Patron membership is for folks who want to provide more support to Glass, share the community, and get early access to new features! Oh, and a cute yellow badge. And exclusive icons. (Shoutout to our metal heads.)

With your Patron membership, you get three yearly memberships for free to give to friends and family. With Early Access, you’ll be first to test and help shape new features like our new AI-powered search! As we continue to develop Glass, we’ll keep releasing little new Patron perks.


June 13, 2023

Well, this is awkward. We didn’t change anything that you’ll see. We did some organizational stuff. Some design stuff. Some vibe stuff. A lot of stuff. But that stuff is foundational, you know? Do we think release notes have a word count? Like, do we have to say a certain amount of stuff for it to matter? Do they matter at all?

Does anything matter? Who can say! Enjoy your invisible bug fixes!


June 3, 2023

Less crashing! That's what's new in this version. If you like crashing do. not. update. You will be disappointed. Though even if you do update, we bet there is still something for you in the app if you look hard enough.


June 2, 2023

There’s going to come a time where we’ll release an update with a quick little “Bug fixes.” as the release notes. Someone will be on vacation or not enough notice or there’s a showstopper of a bug that we gotta fix or we’ll click the wrong button and whoops there it goes. Some day, we won’t take the time to describe the bug as an odd sign in bug that was only occurring if you had a Glass account, deleted it, and signed up for a new one. Not because we don’t want to, just what it will be. Things happen, like bugs and release notes getting missed.

But today is not that day.

Well, the bug really did happen and we’re fixing it. But these are the release notes! And now you’re reading them on release, and the bug is no more.


May 11, 2023

Alternate App Icons! Home screens are sacred. You’ve got a color scheme or a special grouping or, you know, whatever. You’ve got a thing. You don’t have to explain yourself with what colors you want. That’s you. That’s a you thing. This update is an us thing, making that you thing easier.

We’re gonna use the Pride icon ourselves. Shoutout to the person who left us a 1-star review calling us too woke. Guess they read our Code of Conduct and realized it wasn’t a space for them? Anyway. Happy Pride next month and, don’t forget, Trans Rights are Human Rights.


April 24, 2023

Profile Improvements are here! Pin photos to the top of your profile! Hide a photo from your profile! That’s it! More small changes that rule! Because we love you! Okay!


April 11, 2023

Here at Glass, we update the app every two weeks to improve your experience and stability of the app!


April 10, 2023

Threaded Comments are here! Keep your conversations organized, contained, and go back and forth without clutter. A small shift with a big change.

And, back by popular demand in the Cat Category, all the little things you’ve been missing.


March 20, 2023

It’s funny how the things that can excite, teach, celebrate, or break us, often have a way of appearing suddenly. When I was two years old, before Amtrak cutback on their routes and middle of nowhere Idaho was still serviced, my grandfather took the train from Chicago to spend a couple of weeks with us in the summer. We had just purchased a used Gold Astrostar Van with a side sliding door that took work to close. The trip with my grandfather flew by, not that I remember it. The first memory I have from life comes from us dropping him off at the train station.

He said goodbye to me with him soft voice and left me buckled into the car seat. The rest of my family got out of the van to walk him to the door. My dad couldn’t get the sliding door to close, so he left it open — we were double parked and they had to hurry. And that’s when she came. A stray cat hopped into the van for the 90 seconds I was alone and immediately laid down on my lap, purring herself asleep.

My parents returned, sans a grandfather, to find me petting her. I looked at them and exclaimed, “Train cat!” When my mother reached in to pick her up and set her down, she turned back and hissed. I said, “No! Train cat mine.” And that’s how we adopted Train Cat, from now on known as TC.

She wasn’t an indoor cat, but she came inside for me all the same. We’d let her out during the night and she’d return with new wounds or mice or bugs; murder presents for us in exchange for tummy rubs and regular food. TC wasn’t an indoor cat, but she pretended to be one for me.

When I was five, TC didn’t come home one morning. While looking around the neighborhood for her, we realized a couple down the street had moved that morning. TC had another home down the road that we didn’t know about and when they left, they took her with them. A blessing and curse — we knew she was safe and alive and well-fed, hunting mice and bugs in another place. But a curse all the same, because TC wasn’t coming back.

There’s beauty in the impermanence of life, full of joy and surprise and train cats. Which is a long way of saying, we think the spirit of Train Cat helped us finally squash a bug we’ve been hunting down for months.


February 24, 2023

The heat death of the universe is going to come for us all — the stars will drift apart, the light will land on it’s last leaf, and everything will go quiet and still. As Tootie and the gang tried to show us, it’s just the fact of life. We are the universe experiencing itself and our egos personalize it, and we find comfort in each other towards space’s cold indifference. Poets and artists have written about this for millennia to comfort us, help us accept it. What art has the power to do for us to understand large things we can’t comprehend without it will always leave us breathless and the artists over the next millennia will write about the same.

All we are is dust in the wind.

Just know, as time itself draws to a close, right before everything collapses in on itself to have yet another Big Bang, we’ll be there… pushing a quick bug fix release for a handful of you who can’t sign in.


February 21, 2023

We’re bringing Highlights to the app! Find new photographers to follow, read up on new features, and get inspired with our interview series. You’ll also never miss a new product announcement.

See? That guy buying Twitter isn’t all bad — sometimes we get things like Highlights in Glass. Which is nice. You’re nice. Okay. That’s it.


February 3, 2023

*INT — Zoom Room — Our heroes are discussing the latest release. There is framed art on the walls behind them displaying their personalities. It’s mid-morning in Mexico for one of them, the rest are banished in the darkness that is Amsterdam in the winter. Sunshine pours through a single window, bathing Marketing in light while Design and Eng pretend to not be jealous.*

Marketing: “What’s in the release? Improved bug logging on the backend, and the fix for that terrible logout bug?”

Eng: “Yes, but say it less confidently.”

Marketing: “Okay. Logging and a fix for the logout bug??? Maaaaaybe?”

Eng: “Good enough.”

*They all share a chuckle.*

Marketing: “That’s what we strive for here. Good enough!”

Design: “We didn’t actively make it worse!”

Marketing: “We love to see it.”

Design: “Okay, ship it. Onto the next thing.”

Marketing: “Wait, I still have to write the release notes.”


December 14, 2022

We gotta stop meeting like this.


December 13, 2022

Don't mind us. Just some housekeeping.


December 9, 2022

Having trouble signing in after 3.1? We fixed that. Sorry about that! While we were at it, we also fixed some display bugs on iPad that snuck past our QA team. (That's me. I'm the QA team. Do y'all know there are only a handful of people who build Glass? We're small. And sometimes, you know, whoops. Anyway. I don't know how to finish this parenthetical chat we're having. We just really appreciate you, you know? Okay, that's good. You're good. We're all good.)


December 8, 2022

Hey, you. Yeah, you! New way to explore Glass just dropped.

Cameras and Lenses, yeah, just tap right in. Want to see every photo taken by a Leica Q2 to see if you can justify buying one this time around? Need to roll through a new lens you’re thinking of picking up? Find inspiration from other folks who have your exact camera so you don’t upgrade?

This is a really fun way to explore Glass.

Oh! As our community continues to grow globally, we wanted to make sure everyone can participate. See a comment in a language you aren’t fluent in? Long press the comment to bring up iOS’s Translate option.


November 28, 2022

Right now — We’re laying the groundwork for upcoming features, squashing some bugs, and improving our onboarding flow. Keeping it loose, keeping it tight. You know, the regular. What you expect from your favorite photography brand.

Soon — We have a handful of improvements coming to Search & Discovery. Camera feeds? Exploring every photo taken by a single Lens? Yes please.


October 4, 2022

Sorry, it’s late and the weekend so these here notes aren’t gonna be something special.

Bugs. We had a bug or two that we fixed. Specifically a lil fella that kept logging you out. That miscreant is long gone now. Hopefully. Pretty sure. Should be toast now. No more.

Oh, speaking of toast — new post toasts! Wait, is that lingo? That might be app lingo. Sorry. The best brands don’t talk in lingo. The little notification on the main feed that lets you know there are new posts. That’s called a toast. New post toast. Say that five times fast.

It’s not hard or anything, it’s just fun to say. See? Told you these release notes weren’t gonna be very good.


September 17, 2022

Another year, another bug fix update right after the new iOS comes out. We also squashed a couple of bugs. Including fan favorite — fixed the swipe keyboard bug. Swipe away, friends. Swipe away.


August 10, 2022

Glass Anywhere is here and email & password login is live!

Want to use Apple ID? Perfect — it’s still there and wonderful. Want to take more personal control with email and password? We’ve got you. Already signed up for a membership with Apple ID and want to switch? Just head to your Profile Settings to get started.

Shoutout to John, who noticed that we were using the wrong apostrophes — it’s been fixed.

We’re gonna take a nap now. But once that’s done, we’re getting to work on improving search and discovery. More on that soon.


June 27, 2022

A polish update! As we get closer to launching Glass Anywhere with email login and payments, we needed to clean up a few things in the app.

  • Caching should be greatly improved. Photos should load faster and you should see the full color frame less often. (Still may see it on a slow/bad internet connection.)
  • Improved profiles when you're scrolling.
  • Regular ol' bug fixes. Bugs, right? Who needs 'em. Not us.


May 30, 2022

Introducing Bookmarks!

There are so many inspiring photographs on Glass. Now you can keep better track of them. Glass 2.1 introduces Bookmarks! See a portrait with perfect lighting you want to try to imitate next time you’re in the studio? Bookmark it. A kind conversation between a few folks sharing tips you want to make sure you don’t forget? Bookmarks. Just really love how you feel when you see the photo? Mark that book, friend.

Bookmarks are completely private and just for you.


May 12, 2022

Have you ever turned your phone on its side to see a photo in landscape mode? Us too. With this update, it actually does something. Full Screen Mode is here! It especially shines on iPad.

We also knocked a few bugs out, polished a few little bits and bobs, etc.

You know. The usual.


April 12, 2022

Glass for the Web, links, bug fixes, oh my! Glass for the Web is here and it is wonderful.

You can now use Glass on your iPhone, iPad, and in any browser you want. Your photos shine on iPhone, mesmerize on iPad, and they’ll blow you away on the Web. Just head to glass.photo/signin to get started.

With the addition of Glass on the Web, we have a new feature on iOS & iPad — Links! Just like our chronological feed, we’re out here celebrating features from the early 2000s.

Links in the captions? Do it to it. Sharing a link in the comments? Definitely. Spamming people with links to your NFT collection in the comments over and over and over and over? One way ticket to Account Deletion, population You.


February 16, 2022

Just a quick bug fix — Glass crashing for you on iOS 14? No more. We fixed that. Because we love you.


February 15, 2022

Glass for iPad is here! Glass is wonderful on iOS and it feels at home on the iPad.

Have you found yourself enjoying Glass, but wishing you had a larger screen? Yeah, us too. So we got to work on an iPad version of Glass. It’s everything you love about Glass, but bigger and better. We don’t wanna get lost in the specifics here, but, like, it’s really good. With this 2.0 launch, we’ve also squashed some minor bugs and improved stability across the app. Also uploading should be way faster. Just lots going on. But iPad.

iPad is the point. Get lost in Glass today.


December 25, 2021

Happy holidays! We got you something. Open it! Okay, we’ll tell you. It’s XPAN support. 3:1 ratios are now supported for photos uploaded in landscape. Show us your wide photos, please and thank you.

Oh, and threw a few bug fixes into your stocking.


December 9, 2021

TL; DR — We made you a like button. But, like, keep reading.

What would a like button look like if it wasn’t fueling addictive algorithms and collecting personal data? How would it act if it wasn’t the most prioritized action in the app? What if it was a little slower? What would it feel like if it’s only purpose was to show appreciation instead of drive ad sales and retargeting? What if it was on a photo app, not one disguised as a shopping app?

Well, it’d look like Appreciations. Appreciate a photo or a comment. You can find the Appreciate button on the photo detail page and next to comments. Appreciations are private — just between you and the other member. No counts anywhere (duh).

You can turn off notifications under Settings > Notifications.

We hope you love it.


November 22, 2021

Why would we make a widget? Are you kidding? It’s basically a gorgeous app icon. See the latest photo from your Following Feed or a Category feed on your Home Screen. Small, medium, or large? Yes.


November 12, 2021

Well. It was bound to happen eventually. Just a quick fix for a small number of people who are having trouble creating accounts. Nothing more. Nothing less.

That’s it. That’s the end of the release notes. Promise the next one will be more exciting.


November 11, 2021

You know when you view a photo and you see the Categories applied to it, you want to tap them to go directly to that specific Category view? Yeah, we did too.

For all eleven of you who still have their phones make noises, we threw in a custom notification sound. It’s pleasing. Good enough that we may even turn sounds back on. Who can say?


October 27, 2021

Public profiles! Share your Glass profile anywhere on the web! Open in App! Link the bio! Put a link in your Glass profile before putting your Glass profile as your profile link! We’re talking too fast sorry this is just a real cool release sorry okay. Deep breath in.

Deep breath out.

Let’s start from the top. You can now make your Glass profile public! You’ll be able to share your Glass profile on Twitter, YouTube, or any other, uh, social network.

Want to include a link to your website in your Glass bio? Well, now you can.

When you open a photo or profile shared from Glass on your phone, you’ll now be able to open it directly in the app.

We’re thrilled to see your profiles out in the wild.


October 12, 2021

Alright, the app is more stable and reliable. While laying the groundwork for our coming features, we squashed bugs. Shhh… we also snuck a little feature into this release. As a treat. Lens information! Enjoy a more complete metadata experience.

We’ve taken a big can of Bugs-B-Gone to the codebase.

  • When you scroll too fast and you see the same picture twice? Fixed. No more glitch in the Matrix.
  • Uploading via the Share Sheet and never showing up in the app? Significantly less likely to happen. We cleared a route through the World Wide Web for your photos so they don’t get lost. There are still a few edge cases we’re paving roads for, but overall, reliability is greatly improved.
  • Randomly logged out? No more. We hope. We think. Pretty sure.
  • A bunch of tiny bugs that we’re not even going to dignify with a call out. They don’t deserve it.


September 17, 2021

Categories! Add ‘em to your new photos during upload! Tappy tap the shiny new Edit button on the photos you’ve already posted to add Categories to them! Browse Categories with your eyes under the Community tab!

That’s it. That’s all that’s in this release. Just a new way to organize photos, browse photos, find new photographers shooting the style of photography you love, and editing. Twitter doesn’t have an edit button. Is that unfair? Yes. Are we still saying it? Well, just here. It’d be rude to tweet it.


September 5, 2021


  • Fixed the Uploading… progress bug. Your photos now no longer upload in secret.
  • Sometimes when tapping through to a member’s profile, it wouldn’t load their photos. Bad. We fixed it and now profiles load fully. Good.

Okay, back to Discovery.


September 1, 2021

You start working on one project only to find something that needs fixing to be able to keep working on the original project. So you start to fix it. And then something else needs fixing and so it goes until you’re changing your car’s oil just so you can do the laundry.

This is that, but with bug fixes and smaller things as we prep for our update for improved Discovery.

  • Invites, shminvites. Glass is open now, no invite code required.
  • Pronoun support! Just add them under your profile settings.
  • Speaking of profile settings, you can now change your username there too.
  • The pesky notch has been dealt with.
  • Y’all really didn’t like the auto-zoom on horizontal pictures. So we got rid of it.
  • Refined some edge-swiping to make it more consistent.

Discovery! It’s coming soon. Promise.


August 14, 2021

What isn’t new? This whole thing is new! Welcome to Glass! Glass is a new photo sharing app and community. Your photography is the point on Glass. We think you—oh, you can see the app screenshots below? Oh, and the whole app description. Right. That makes sense.

Okay, let’s talk bugs! We fixed a whole bunch!

  • We had a few minor issues in our onboarding flow that some of you found. They are no more.
  • You can now use a single character in your name.
  • Fixed a really annoying scrolling bug that was blocking off some of the text for you in the onboarding.
  • Usernames are lowercase only. We mean it.
  • We have a feedback board for our community. The first bit of feedback we took was putting it in the settings section.
  • Various small bugs that aren’t important enough to make jokes about.

That’s it! Enjoy the community and the good vibes.


August 11, 2021
  • Fixed dynamic text issue on onboarding and login screens
  • When following photographers in a list view, if you scroll past and then come back they now indicate the correct followed/not followed state
  • Updated App Store screenshots
  • Updated App Store description and promotional text


August 10, 2021



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