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Apple releases iOS 10.1 with the much-awaited ‘Portrait Mode’ for iPhone 7 Plus users

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Just a month after the official release, Apple has today seeded the first significant iOS 10 update to the general public. This update numbered 10.1, brings along with the highlight ‘Portrait Mode’ feature that’ll back the dual camera module of the iPhone 7 Plus. It also packs in numerous bug fixes and stability improvements for both the devices.

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The ‘Portrait Mode’ feature that makes your photographs look DSLR-like has been available to developers and public testers for a couple weeks already. This feature is one of the most impressive camera features of the iPhone 7 Plus as it allows you to click bokeh photos on your smartphone. This means that the camera software adds a ‘depth effect’ to clicked photos, where it blurs the background leaving out any objects in sharp focus.

Apple is taking advantage of its complex set of dual cameras to not only capture multiple photographs but also detect a nine level depth map using the image signal processor. This info can be used by the software to recognize objects in focus and apply an initial blur effect to images captured on iPhone 7 Plus. The ‘Portrait Mode’ camera feature is currently in beta, so the photos captured using the same could be a hit or a miss. You can, however, customize the blurring once the photo is captured.

In addition, this public iOS 10.1 update also includes improvements to wide color gamut in camera, transit map support for Japan, minor updates to the messaging app, and other connectivity improvements as well.

The iOS 10.1 public update has started rolling out and you can jump into your Settings to bag the over-the-air update right away. You can also connect your iPhone device to your desktop and plug in your device into iTunes to seed a wired update.

The developers/public testers who’re already running iOS 10.1 build 14B72c needn’t update their devices as they’re already running the latest public update. They instead need to wait a little while longer for fresh beta builds that pack in new test features coming to the mobile operating system.

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