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Apple’s releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait Mode

Published Oct 24th, 2016 1:19PM EDT
Image: Apple Inc.

Apple on Monday released iOS 10.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The new update marks the end of an abnormally long beta period for a relatively minor update, but there was a good reason Apple went through five different developer beta versions of its latest mobile software build. The star feature, Portrait Mode for the iPhone 7 Plus, had to be thoroughly tested to ensure that it was ready for primetime. And as we saw on Monday in samples captured by a professional portrait photographer, it is definitely ready for primetime.

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Portrait Mode is a new feature enabled by the dual cameras on the back of the iPhone 7 Plus. By combining the main 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with a secondary telephoto lens, the device is able to add a bokeh effect behind the subject of a photo that mimics the background blurring you would see in a portrait captured by a DSLR camera. The results are stunning.

iOS 10.1 also includes a number of other new features as well as bug fixes and refinements that impact all devices, not just the iPhone 7 Plus. The update is available immediately as an over the air (OTA) update or as a download that can be installed by connecting your iOS devices to a computer using iTunes.

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