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Apple’s iOS 10.1 update with Portrait Mode has been released

by Brandon Russell | October 24, 2016October 24, 2016 10:10 am PST

After several weeks of beta updates, Apple on Monday released the final version of iOS 10.1. What might not seem significant on the surface is actually a pretty big update, because the release includes Portrait Mode for the iPhone 7 Plus.

Portrait Mode is a new feature that’s designed to mimic what photographers get with more expensive gear. We’ve seen companies introduce artificial bokeh effects before, and Apple is essentially doing the same thing here.

Apple explains:

When you take a shot with the iPhone 7 Plus, the dual-camera system uses both cameras and advanced machine learning to make your subject sharp while creating the same out-of-focus blur in the background—known as the bokeh effect—previously reserved for DLSR cameras. So no matter what’s behind your subject, it’s easy to create a great portrait.

For people who take a lot of pictures of friends and family, Portrait Mode could prove to be a big new feature. It might even become a good emergency solution for pros out in the field.

Other updates in version 10.1 include:

  • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups.
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
  • Fixed an issue where opening the Camera app would show blurred or flashing screen for some users

Apple is also introducing some new features for Maps and Messages, including the ability to replay bubble and full screen effects. And for those who like to keep Reduce Motion enabled, you can now use the new Messages effects.

Full release notes are below.

Camera and Photos

  • Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
  • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
  • Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
  • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library

Maps

  • Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
  • Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
  • Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes

Messages

  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
  • Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
  • Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch

  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other improvements and fixes

  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories

  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep

  • Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the “Show iTunes Purchases” setting is turned off

  • Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview

  • Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard

  • Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages

  • Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly

  • Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text

  • Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly

  • Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail

  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched

  • Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data

  • Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results

  • Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls

  • Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off

  • Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the

    Taptic

    engine to stop providing feedback for some users

  • Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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