iOS 10.1 is going to be a pretty fun update for folks who purchased the iPhone 7 Plus. It will finally activate the “Portrait Mode” feature within the camera, which uses the secondary sensor to help add a “bokeh” effect to photos. This is the type of blurred-background focus that once wasn’t as possible on smartphones.
AppleInsider points to the release of Apple Pay in Japan as a potential catalyst for the launch. In Japan, Apple will work with local carrier NTT DoCoMo to activate FeliCa support, which functions differently than Apple Pay in the United States. A rumor published by another blog, Ata Distance, suggests that support will go live on October 25. Since it’s going to be a relatively major update, the thought is that Apple may just launch it inside iOS 10.1.
iOS 10.1 coming soon
The timing makes sense, given that iOS 10.1 has already moved along through beta tests. There are already four developer builds available, which means a GM or final release is probably just around the corner. October 25 is still just a rumor, but it doesn’t seem too far-fetched. To be clear, this is far from the first smartphone to offer bokeh options, either through hardware or software, but it’s exciting nonetheless.