Hipstamatic Disposable app gone from the App Store

Hipstamatic Disposable missing from App Store

UPDATE 01: I just heard from Hipstamatic. They’ve confirmed that Hipstamatic D-Series has been removed from the App Store and won’t be available for new downloads. Stay tuned for further updates. =M=

The Hipstamatic D-Series, also known as Hipstamatic Disposable, is currently unavailable in the App Store. If you use the app, be careful not to delete it from your iPhone. You could lose all of your current rolls and there’s a very good chance you won’t be able to reinstall the app if you haven’t backed up your iPhone to iTunes recently.

Don’t panic. This is NOT the original Hipstamatic that’s insanely popular and sells millions of dollars annually in downloads and in-app purchases. This is Hipstamatic Company’s much less popular social photo app that was released in December of 2011.

Hipstamatic D-Series was a free download, but it’s currently MIA. It’s not known if this is a permanent or temporary deletion. It hasn’t been updated since April. During that time, Hipstamatic has received a few updates. It’s no longer listed in the App Store with Hipstamatic company’s other apps. There’s no official mention of its deletion on the Hipstamatic Disposable Facebook page. The app is still listed on the Hipstamatic website, though. And if you have the app, you still should be able to purchase unlimited exposure rolls, but the limited exposure rolls have been unavailable for at least a couple of weeks.

This deletion happened quietly. I didn’t see any other press that it’s being taken off the market, either temporarily or permanently. There’s no mention of the deletion in Hipstamatic’s support forums. It’s quite possible that very few users noticed it missing.

Hipstamatic D-Series was really a great concept — you and your friends shoot the same roll of film together. You can’t see the results until all exposures have been shot, then you can all see them at the same time. It was the digital equivalent of a disposable film camera at a virtual party. All your friends, local and global, could contribute the the same set of photographs.

Sadly, what it devolved into for me was many invitations to Hipsta-D rolls that were finished before I had a chance to contribute. Later revisions of the app made it pretty cranky for me. I was unable to join rolls and just lost interest in the app (If you sent me an invitation, that’s why I didn’t join.).

If you like and use the app, your purchases should still be safe for now. If you need to delete the app, be careful. Right now you will not be able to redownload it from the App Store, but you’ll be able to reinstall it from iTunes easily with a sync and a push of a button.

This may only be a temporary deletion. I’ve contacted Hipstamatic to see what the status is. I have not heard back from them yet. Stay tuned. I’ll keep you posted if there are any updates to this story.



Big thanks to reader Mutus. Obscura for the tip on this story.

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Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, Pink Floyd, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • Boo hoo.

  • Kent Kangley

    I never did use the D-series in its intended social context. Instead I just shot all the photos myself. I like the various films and I find I shoot more photos so I can get to the end of the roll and as we all know, shooting more photos is a good thing.

    I’m not sure why Hipstamatic felt the need to remove it from the app store. Even if it wasn’t the sales success they hoped it would be, I can’t see what is gained by taking it off the market.

  • Kate

    I really liked a couple of the filters. I will be very unhappy if I lose this app and they don't transfer the filters to the main app.

  • vitor

    The concept of paying for virtual rolls of film to me was obscene. I deleted the app immediately because of that as a form of protest. I know that the app was free but I hated the rest of the concept. I am happy to see it fail.

    • Jmob

      Word. I think most people were disgusted by this and it hurt the reputation of the makers of hipstamatic.

      • invalid name

        Thank god for iapcracker

  • The filters are fine and i liked them, but till now i used only the 3 free filters 😉 But i think the concept of the camera is nice, when you are making pictures with friends, but when you are alone, the concept is not really good. This will not get many customers. Would be better when you can select the count of the pictures (1/6/12/24) and pay for one filter with unlimited pictures. Would be good to snap one picture alone for some quick pics and with sharing to twitter, instagram and facebook. I think they never completed the app really. High resolution is also missing. 🙁

  • Miki

    Of all the apps to delete I wonder why they deleted this one and not their red headed stepchild Swankolab!

    And really, the hipstamatic team is full of sneaky marketing ploys. I refuse to believe that low sales caused them to pull the app. It makes no sense. Leaving it up, like swanko, still ensures someone somewhere will pass a buck to them. Maybe we’ll here about a partnership or buyout from some other company in a couple of weeks and the D series roll be re-released under a new name

  • Adrian

    I like some of Hipstamatic's filters but don't shoot with it much. I really wish they would update Swankolab with the ability to re-create Hipstamatic filters or just new chemicals in general.

  • Bart

    Agree that this is a strange move. Hope it's for a good / positive reason and that we'll get the scoop soon.

    • Bart

      Well that didn't work out 🙁

  • Holly

    Thanks for the info. I'm sad to hear this. I've enjoyed using the Disposable app, but rarely got the opportunity to share it with anyone (I'm not very social). Now my best friend has moved back to town, and I'd love to share this with her, but since it's gone, she won't be able to download it. Any suggestions for good apps with the similar shared-camera concept?

  • Molybdenum Studios

    This is one of my favorite photography apps so far. Maybe Hipsta is focusing on their “must-pay” app. 🙁 SAD.

  • rix

    I really loved that app! 🙁 i took so much photos and “developed” them after months and it was a charm to see the shots ! just like old film 🙁 Return the D-Series!