Apple seeds first beta of iOS 10.1 with new Portrait camera mode

By , Sep 21, 2016


Apple on Wednesday issued the first beta for iOS 10.1. Registered developers can grab the new software via the over-the-air update mechanism in the iOS Settings app, or via Apple’s online developer portal.

Perhaps the most significant change in this first 10.1 beta is the addition of Portrait camera mode— a software feature for the iPhone 7 Plus Apple showed off earlier this month that creates a ‘bokeh’ effect.

Here’s an example of what a photo taken in Portrait mode looks like:


TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino has a great breakdown of how it works:

The Portrait mode, which displays a beta notification prominently on first launch, resides to the right side of the standard photo mode in your camera app. There is no zooming, digital or otherwise, in Portrait mode. Instead, the Portrait mode exclusively uses the 56mm lens to shoot the image and the wide angle lens to gather the perspective data that allows it to generate a 9-layer depth map.

Outside of this new feature, Apple’s release notes only mention vague “bug fixes and improvements.” We are installing the iOS 10.1 beta now, and will be sure to update this article with any significant new findings.

Find something new we haven’t mentioned? Let us know down in the comments below!

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  • :|Alain|:

    Portrait mode as in bokeh?

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  • Sohail Wahab

    I hope they fix the bugs on iOS 10 on 6s too. And add some things like music/news/stock/ and some other app contents available from spotlight on the lock screen without having to unlock the phone. Especially word lookups after tapping search.

    • Sohail Wahab

      Or maybe have this last one as a tweak after jailbreaking iOS 10

  • Hopefully Apple will fix weird bugs with the App Store and other animations. Also Touch ID seems to be acting weird since the update to iOS 10.

    • Shadowelite123

      Do a fresh restore. That might help. I’ve had no problems with my 6S Plus.

      • leart

        now that’s not a inconvenient tip.. why people should start from the scratch and set up everything again..

      • Shadowelite123

        If a restore is so much of an inconvenience for you, don’t complain about any problems you have. A restore is easily balanced with a backup, something everyone should have no matter what you may think. Inconvenience or not, its better than losing everything for good because you wanted to not use up a max of 20 minutes of your time.

      • leart

        so your are setting the rules … the restore should be done no matter people think lol.. dude speak for yourself .. not anyone like to lose time for nothing.. setting a device like new means to loose notes, messages, photos, videos, game progress and lot of more.. so for you its okay.. it means for YOU lol

        I own 14-15 idevices right now and I know what I’m talking.. a restore is good, but now so much since the effect of a “fresh” start will last a few days, after that the device will work the same.

      • Shadowelite123

        Restore are there for a reason. It is necessary. Its not the always the first choice, but in terms of software, its the most likely solution. Rebooting with it being the only other option doesn’t always work. In most cases regarding issues pertaining to hardware, it won’t entirely work. A fresh restore is a much better solution. Your opinion isn’t necessary. Thank you.

      • leart

        your opinion was not necessary either.. as you can see the guy who you recommended the “restore” even responded to you.. and for the last, restore is the ultimate solution when your device it’s having heavy trouble.. ERASE ALL SETINGS it’s the way to go, if you restore with ipsw and restore from backup.. you did the exact copy of what you had genius

      • Shadowelite123

        There’s a difference between you’re comment and mine. Mine was an actual tip, yours was an opinion. Erase all settings is almost the exact same thing as doing a restore on a computer. Also if you didn’t know, backups aren’t always full restore backups. There are things like iCloud backups, partial backups, etc… On top of that, you seem to have changed your opinion from “restores are not necessary” to “restores is the ultimate solution.” Had you said that and stopped complaining about how inconvenient restores are and shared your knowledge to the guy who needed help, this would have gone differently.

      • leart

        well if you think so, i agree

    • 5723alex .

      Zero problems with TouchID since first iOS 10 beta. Works like a charm.

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  • TornBodies

    I’ve Seen the hands on test shots of portrait mode on techcrunch. The Portrait mode struggles with hair ,has ghosting it does wqrk well on dogs. It doesnt compare to real depth of field on dslr’s

    • Phil Randle

      Yeah of course, DSLR’s use hardware to achieve that effect, this is all software driven.

      It’s the best on a smartphone though, if you compare it to the garbage version Huawei came up with, I am able to get pretty decent results with it on the 7 Plus.

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    • Shadowelite123

      Well this is why this is called a beta…

      • TornBodies

        I know its a beta but this apple’s secret sauce algorithm portrait thing seems like its going to be dead on arrival.Even when the final release hits .HTC Tried it and failed also.

      • Diego Milano

        You mean it’s an overhyped feature or gimmick?

      • 5723alex .

        HTC failed in anything they do, including the new HTC Bolt with “me too” no headphone jack.

      • Shadowelite123

        Theres a reason betas exist. Until the first release of this beta, the feature has been developed in a closed ecosystem within special test devices. The beta releases it to a user device and monitors the effects and changes the feature causes, positive or negative. The necessary fixes are implemented. HTC failed because like most other Android device manufacturers, they don’t wait a long time to go and release features first. Whether this sounds fan boyish or not, its no secret that Apple likes to wait forever to release features because they want to design the inside and out. In many cases, Apple has done this with a some great additions that other brands have tried to duplicate. They’ve been doing this for years, even before Steve Jobs’ absence. A beta isn’t meant to be perfect at the first shot and while you may be having problems, not everyone is. Do a fresh restore, maybe it will help, maybe it won’t. Report bugs so Apple can fix it. Shooting down each new addition after the first negative outcome won’t help at all.

  • Charlie

    Already?! Seriously they are getting worse and worse by the year, don’t they do testing anymore?

    • James G

      It’s a beta. Isn’t that testing?

    • ck125

      The whole “beta” is them testing…

    • Wilber Alexander Flores

      Lol stupid

      • Diego Milano

        I wonder who up-voted that comment, ha.

    • What’s getting worse and worse each year? Apple had photos to show us which means they are working on it. The fact that it didn’t ship at launch means that Apple is still working on it. If anything, shipping the product and holding a new feature back seems to indicate that they are in fact determined to release quality instead of rushing things to market just because there is a release date.

      Don’t know why Apple held it back for a few weeks, but I’m glad they feel comfortable enough to do that if it means better quality and proper testing for all of us.

      So… helping something back for more development time, and then rolling it out to be tested by developers… not sure how you walk away thinking it’s rushed and not tested. I get the exact opposite impression.

  • Rondog

    They’re just trying to BLOCK the jailbreaks man, I’ve said it before and I’ll keep on saying it. Come on Apple give it up already, those updates are just BULLSHIT.

    • Jayy

      No they aren’t.

      • Diego Milano

        Exactly, they aren’t doing it this time. In fact, we won’t get a jailbreak until perhaps a later version of iOS 10, which is DEFINITELY the right decision to do, otherwise we’re gonna be stuck with a glitchy early version of iOS 10 as we did with iOS 9.0.

      • Jayy

        Plus it would be a horrible time for 7 plus users to jailbreak since that new camera mode made it into the 10.1 beta 1. Or maybe it can be added with a tweak just like new emojis are.

      • Diego Milano

        Solid point as well, yeah. I still think it’s a bit too early for a major 10.1 release though because users haven’t really had enough time to test the latest version deeply. Maybe iOS 10.1 will not be as stable as 9.1, but then again we know how it is with jailbreaks- Apple can kill it but it’s only a matter of time before it rises again from its death. 😉 Carry on!

    • Sikozu

      Jailbreaks require the use of multiple vulnerabilities in iOS in order to work and gain root access to the iPhone. Those same vulnerabilities can be used by a malicious app or website to gain root access to your phone in order to access credit cards/passwords/data.

      Apple has to patch the vulnerabilities in order to protect the millions of iOS users who do not jailbreak.

  • Gabriel Anaya

    Still no new actual iOS 10 wallpaper.

  • Vista

    Not sure this is new or anything.. but i noticed that when you restart your phone and try to use your finger to unlock it it vibrates immediately and brings up a page to enter your password. can anyone confirm if this is new? (iOS 10.1 beta 1 btw)

    • That’s been in iOS since touch ID became a thing.

  • iDoktor

    Did they solved the animation lag on iPhone 7?

  • Sailor_V90

    -sighs- Still no dark mode

  • Alex-V

    It feels a bit snappier for me

  • I hope they fix the battery issue

  • Budz Camacho

    I noticed that the 10.1 is a bit faster than 10.0.1.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I hope Apple fixes the very annoying bug with Notification Centre. I want to be able to access my widgets quickly like I used to with iOS 8 and 9 with a single swipe down of the Notification Centre and I’m right at there at widgets. Why does it bring up Notifications view even though I’ve always disabled them from Notification Centre is beyond my ability to comprehend. And before anyone says that I can access them from lockscreen or page 0 of home screen, I know that and that’s not my concern. When I’m in an app or even at the home screen at the 2nd or 3rd page I’d like to swipe down on NC and be right at the widgets/Today view of NC immediately like in iOS 9 and 8 which used to take one swipe and not have to do 2 swipes (swipe down then left). This is the main reason why I’m holding off on iOS 10 on my 6S Plus, I’ve been testing out iOS 10 since the 1st public beta on my iPhone 6 and have since reported this issue to Apple countless times (literally 3 times at every iOS beta update) and it’s still not fixed. It’s a shame.

  • Mike M. Powell

    Now if only my 7+ can ship already…..freaking sprint man preording day2 (1/2) doesn’t make me feel special anymore 🙁

    • Alex

      Lucky you don’t live down here in Mexico, our delivery times are waaaay worst than sprint, I can bet you that LOL (still waiting my iPhone 7…)

  • leart

    was hoping for a slide to unlock comeback .. hate the new way of unlocking.. why the hell they don’t let a choice? basically this means that everyone who will use the phone in the future will record its fingerprints lol

    • Lance Baker

      You don’t have to use your fingerprint. Just click the button and put in the code.

      • leart

        normally i dont use a code.. my devices are always close to me lol .. the standard way apple is offering is single press + fingerprint or double press the home button.. i dont like both .. i just got used with slide to unlock which im still using on 9.3.5.. i know i will update sooner or latter anyway but i just hate the lack of a choice …

      • Alex

        I guess that’s been getting pretty annoying and hard to do since TouchID got so damn fast!.. (still not impossible to achieve though)

  • Jose Rivera

    So is anyone else having a random 12GB Documents & Data section magically appear out of no where taking up space for no reason? I’ve read a bunch of things that say it’s ICloud related but iCloud is an online service and has nothing to do with storing on the device itself. iOS 10 has been annoying me so far with that…

  • Corey B

    iPhone 6S no changed I’ve noticed but a lot smoother and wifi signal picks up better than before. It didn’t go to mine when I got to the house. It picked up XFINITY guest wifi next door and stayed and didn’t know until the banner popped up. Which is good.