Apple seeds iOS 10.1 beta 5 for iPhone 7/Plus to developers and public beta testers

By , Oct 19, 2016


Apple on Wednesday morning released a fifth beta of iOS 10.1 for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus only. The latest beta came out two days after the release of iOS 10.1 beta 4 on Monday.

iOS 10.1 beta 5 is available as an over-the-air download on an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus with a prior beta. Today’s iPhone 7-focused release likely contains a cellular connectivity bug that Apple patched with an emergency update on October 17. macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 also released today.

iOS 10.1 beta 5 (build “14B72c”) does not contain any new user-facing options aside from a Portrait mode in the stock Camera app on dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus models and a new setting to allow Messages animations when Reduce Motion has been enabled, both of which debuted in prior betas.

The developer-only release is available to members of the Apple Developer Program. A standalone installer is available on Apple’s portal for developers. A public beta for those enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program is also available.

A Portrait feature debuted in the first iOS 10.1 beta. When iOS 10.1 releases for public consumption, iPhone 7 Plus owners will be able to capture DSLR-like depth of field photographs like the one seen top of post.

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iOS 10.1 also includes a switch for enabling the Reduce Motion feature while retaining the new iMessage screen and bubble effects. This lets you turn off parallax and other UI effects while keeping animations in Messages.

We’ll be updating this post with any potential changes as we encounter them.

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  • Tony Liu

    Public beta release as well

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  • diggitydang

    Anyone test this out? Any major changes/bugs? I’m particularly interested in portrait mode. I find email crashes a lot on my 7 Plus.

  • Greg Warren

    Not seeing it on my 6S. I’m on 14B72, and based on the article it sounds like today’s must be for the 7/7+ only.

    • Headline and first sentence made that pretty clear, I thought 🙂

      • Some people only read the title, look at the pictures and videos then comment.

  • Mike P

    I’d bet the jailbreak comes after the final 7.1 Cant wait.

    • Sarah Cass

      i hope so!!

    • leart


  • Glad to see that all the people who speculated that this feature would only work when taking photos of faces were wrong. Can’t wait to try this out!

    • Nicholas C

      I still don’t understand that…it isn’t using facial recognition, it is using legit depth sensing through the 2 camera set up.

      • Yeah that’s what I had originally stated too, but I guess some people noticed that it’s called portrait mode and that Apple made some comment about advanced AI to detect faces and that every single statement was about taking photos of people specifically. So I guess I can kind of see where someone would think that, but when you look at how apple explained the technology it wouldn’t make sense that it would have that sort of severe limitation.

  • I have build 14B72 and it says im up to date…odd

  • Weztimonial

    Just bought my new 7+. I’m in 10.0.3. Installed public beta profile and restarted. Still showing I’m up to date. Anyone?

    • Tawshy

      Same for me I am confused

  • Tawshy

    I am trying to install public beta but I can install the profile but in software update section not showing the update anybody with the same issue.its a 7plus

  • You good sir are quickly eroding my willpower to hold out for the iPhone 7S or 8 😛

    Nice photo!

  • Jose