Apple has begun seeding both developers and public beta testers with the third build of iOS 10.1 for testing purposes. This comes six days after the second beta of the future update for Apple’s mobile devices began hitting airwaves.
One of the most notable features of iOS 10.1 is the addition of Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus. This new feature allows users of Apple’s bigger 2016 flagship to take better advantage of the dual-camera system on the back. More on that below.
The most notable discovery within the iOS 10.1 beta is the fact that Apple built in the highly anticipated Portrait depth-of-field feature first demoed at the company’s September 7th event. The feature is exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual-camera system which allows it to use advanced bokeh effects to focus on a subject found within a photo. By blurring the entire background of the picture and focusing solely on the subject of your choice, you’ll be granted with a very unique photo that can be assisted by the optical zoom capabilities of the telephoto lens found on the 7 Plus in order to get the picture you want. We know this feature is mainly software related (hence it showing up in iOS 10.1 and not 10.0.1), so improvements down the road should help the feature to become better and more powerful over time.
Other than this new feature, bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements are also present. We’ll let you know if anything else is discovered in this new beta.
To install iOS 10.1 on your device, you must be a registered developer or public beta tester and already have your device activated to receive beta builds. If you’re device falls under these guidelines, head over to Settings > General > Software Update and you should see a listing for iOS 10.1 Beta 3. Just tap “Download and install” and you’ll be good to go. I do recommend jumping on a Wi-Fi network first alongside plugging in your device beforehand as a) you don’t want data overcharges on your bill and b) you don’t want your phone or tablet to die during the installation process.