Apple’s iOS 10.1 beta adds Portrait Mode to iPhone 7 Plus

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It’s only been about 10 days since Apple unleashed iOS 10 upon the world and it’s already come out with a new beta version of the software. The upgrade is only accessible by developers as of now and will roll out in public beta form by the end of the week.

While iOS 10.1 is a minor bug fixing update for the most part, it does have one major new feature which owners of the iPhone 7 Plus have been eagerly anticipating. Once installed, the software will add Portrait Mode to the handset. To recall, Apple had announced the tool at the same time as the smartphone but did not make it part of iOS 10.

Apple promised to send out Portrait Mode as an upgrade by the end of 2016. It looks set to keep that vow going by the fact that it’s testing the feature in beta. The add-on lets users create a bokeh effect in their photos using the power of the device’s twin cameras. It’s meant to imitate the kind of depth of field images which DSLRs are capable of.

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As explained by Apple, depth of field basically keeps the subjects of a photo sharp and the background blurred. The iPhone 7 Plus’ dual-snapper system takes advantage of both shooters and advanced machine learning to create this bokeh effect. The basic aim is to make the main focus of attention stand out rather than blend in with the surroundings.

In addition to the iOS 10.1 beta, Apple has also released betas for watchOS 3.1, macOS Sierra 10.12.1, tvOS 10.0.1, and Xcode 8.1, though it hasn’t chosen to detail what changes are to be expected from them.