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iOS 10.1 is here—and it unlocks portrait photo mode

You should download this immediately.


Mike Wehner


Posted on Oct 24, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 5:45 pm CDT

If you’re one of the lucky owners of a new iPhone 7 Plus, you’re going to want to update your smartphone immediately. iOS 10.1 is here, and it enables one of the major selling points of the 7 Plus: the portrait photo mode. 

The new camera mode was one of the biggest features showed off at Apple’s iPhone event last month, and for good reason: Portrait mode creates a faux depth-of-field effect that can really make your photos pop. It utilizes the dual-lens camera of the iPhone 7 Plus to identify and slightly blur the background of your photos, but it keeps the subject of the shot clear and crisp, much like the bokeh effect you can achieve with a DSLR camera. 


Along with enabling the portrait photos, iOS 10.1 fixes a huge list of issues that many have been reporting with iOS 10 since it debuted. Issues with iMessage, the Photos app, Camera app, Mail, web browsing, and Weather app widget have all been rectified, among many other smaller bugs that you might not even have noticed. The full release notes are available 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

? 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

? 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

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*First Published: Oct 24, 2016, 4:21 pm CDT