Apple releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait mode and other improvements

By , Oct 24, 2016

ios 10.1

Apple on Monday pushed out the iOS 10.1 software update for iPhone and iPad. The release comes after more than a month of beta testing, and it includes various improvements and one major new user-facing feature: Portrait mode, which is exclusive to the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus.

First introduced at Apple’s iPhone event in September, Portrait mode is a new setting in the stock Camera app that uses the 7 Plus’ wide angle lens to gather perspective data for a photo. This allows the handset to take photos with a depth-of-field, or ‘bokeh,’ effect with blurry backgrounds.

In addition to Portrait mode, iOS 10.1 also includes the ability to reduce motion while retaining the various iOS 10 iMessage features. The new toggle labeled “Auto-play Message effects” can be found in General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. You’ll also see a new Replay option in Messages.

iOS 10.1 also comes with transit directions for users in Japan.

Rounding out the update is the usual stack of bug fixes and improvements. To install the update, open the Settings app and select General > Software Update. You can also grab the standalone version from our Downloads page and install via iTunes.

iOS 10.1 full release notes

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
  • 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
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app

Maps

  • 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

Messages

  • 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

iOS 10.1 is compatible with iPad 4 and above, iPhone 5 and above, and iPod Touch 6G.

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  • Canaan Hoffman

    Quick and to the point.

  • Hussain Alsanona
    • Troy

      And tv OS

  • Hussain Alsanona
  • e brake

    Give it a week or two for Pangu iOS 10

    • MSiqueira

      Crossing fingers..

    • Lit

      Is this even official? Everyone seems to be speculating… They speculated for the 10.0.2 update, then assumed that since it didn’t happen, Pangu is waiting for 10.1… and so on…

      • Diego Milano

        Everything is a speculation, and that’s the way it should be, otherwise it wouldn’t get anyone by surprise and a patch would go around the corner instead. 🙁

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Holding breath, blue is my color. Lol

  • Ben Gareffa

    Same build as last beta?

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      Should be the GM Build.

      • Ben Gareffa

        Thanks!

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        You’re welcome!

    • Ben Gareffa

      Update: Answered my own question. Builds are the same

      • Klaus Noergaard

        So no need to update the lastest public beta?

      • Ben Gareffa

        If you were on last weeks public beta, this release today is the exact same build, so no OTA update will appear.

      • Klaus Noergaard

        That’s why I’am confused because I already have the lastest public beta 10.1(14b72) and I still get 10.1 OTA today.

      • GrandMasterB

        The latest public beta was 10.1 Beta 5 (14B72c)

  • So it’s practically pointless for anyone without the 7?

    • TwinSon

      Pretty much seems like it.

    • Rowan09

      Why didn’t you read the complete list? The only thing iPhone 7Plus specific was the blurred effect.

      • I did. But I was talking more in terms of features

      • Rowan09

        No mostly bugs which I do believe is also important. Don’t know if this is an IOS 10.1 feature but I got a call from someone not in my contacts, but they sent me an email. When I received a call from that person it showed their number and below it “maybe” with the name of the person.

      • Oh yeah, absolutely. But would have been nice to have something new to see haha.

        Ah nah, that showed up in iOS 10

      • Rowan09

        Oh ok got you. I’m waiting on indoor maps for malls.

    • Chase Giles

      It also fixes Android Wear connectivity issues and resolves some other issues that iOS 10.0 introduced.

  • Any new features for those on the iPhone 6s?

    • Sarah Cass

      no..

    • 5723alex .

      New features ? None. Bugs, security, stability… fixes ? a truck load.

    • Diego Milano

      It’s always a good idea to update, unless there are reported or known issues to prevent your from doing so or, of course you are running a jailbroken device in which case you and everyone else should stay away. 😉

      • I did notice that the animations are smoother on 10.1. Or that I’m just crazy lol

      • Diego Milano

        That’s nice to know! Probably performance improvements.

  • diggitydang

    So here’s the *cough* BETA portrait mode we’ve been telling everyone about, that will be a killer *cough* BETA feature!!

  • David

    Any notes for a fix on the IOS PodCasts app not actually downloading podcasts? Every podcast has to be cancelled, then started manually

  • sondae1 .

    So where’s the link for 10.1 ??

  • Y2J: Keeper of the List

    Worth updating or wait for the possible Pangu jb?

    • leart

      considering that so much bug are fixed, maybe no lol

    • Diego Milano

      Jailbreak > iOS (stock) on any version.

  • Endriu Andrei

    Brace yourself , the jailbreak is coming !

  • Still doesn’t fix the app to black screen issue that came up on Iphone 7 and 7 Plus. I reported this the second Beta 5 came out to the devs, no fix provided. Not good!

    • Rowan09

      What exactly?

      • Your phone keeps track of your most used applications. Well there’s a glitch in the data collection causing it to trigger a black screen and will crash the app when you attempt to open it in Beta 5 and now in GM. Now I’ve had it happen with a random assortment of applications that are in my top 10 used. Others outside that list that I haven’t used in forever, those work just fine. I have to keep restarting my device to get apps to correctly open. I know this is an error in coding because I’ve checked it against 3 other iPhone 7 and two iPhone 7 Plus. I mentioned this to Apple right out of the gate with Beta 5, no response. Nasty little bug.. again very random and might not happen all the time but it does occur.

  • Adrian

    4pm, FL…
    no watch update yet available & 10.1 beta 4 installed (last week), no update showing up either for final release:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6fa6b1c8a094b7b1df9e82b3d77a6b10210e96779bf663b34d87d648a575e83b.png

  • veda99

    looks like 10.1 has introduced bugs to prior line-ups. I cannot use Data after the upgrade. No apps are updating and not receiving any notifications!

    • Francesco Suarez

      Try downgrade

      • veda99

        did and it works fine now

  • John Surguy

    Anyone else experiencing horrible battery life and phone is getting very hot now since beta 5 which people are saying is the same build. Literally plugged in and typing this and watching my battery life go down no other apps are running.

    • Francesco Suarez

      Just downgrade to iOS 10.0.2

    • Cones1r

      What phone are you using?

      • John Surguy

        IPhone 7 plus

      • Cones1r

        Mine seems to be fine so far. I updated last night. I’m also on a 7Plus

      • John Surguy

        I do have one of the “Hissing” 7 plus models maybe that matters? I did restore tonight I’ll see what it’s like tomorrow.

      • Cones1r

        I do too. Mine “hissed” when I set it up and I haven’t heard it since. Hope it works out!

      • Cones1r

        Did it work out?

  • Mike P

    OK, Pangu or whoever. Now is the time to release.

  • Francesco Suarez

    Damn so yesterday my iPhone 6S was on iOS 9.0 untethered. Something happened and now I’m on iOS 10.0.2 and this happened 😀 thank god hopefully a jailbreak will come out.. and hopefully not tethered

    • Jayy

      What happened? I’m always interested in how people suddenly lose their jailbreaks.

      • Francesco Suarez

        I re installed all the Cydia installer , safe mode phone Os and it just froze and when I reset it it kept me on apple boot logo

      • Jayy

        That sucks, I just did that same thing like a month ago minus the phones OS.

    • leart

      9.0 was a total disaster.. how did you used that glitchy firmware for that long

      • Francesco Suarez

        I had my iPhone replaced with the 128GB long story and it came from the warehouse with that firmware

      • leart

        i have a fresh memory if ios 9.0 to..

        back in June purchased a iPhone 6 on a store, I’m living in a country that there’s no official Apple Store .. 16gb (iOS 8.3).. didn’t like the small storage returned that for a 64gb (iOS 9.0) a disaster.. slow, glitchy.. worked till used a iOS 8 backup then freezed on apple logo .. updated to 9.3.1 and worked fine but still didn’t liked the speed of the iPhone 6 and returned that for a 6s plus 64 😀
        now I’m using 9.3.5 and I’m not updating for anyone soon

  • Paul Meneshian

    so nothing on apple music? am i the only one that experiences bugs while using apple music?

    • Francesco Suarez

      Who used their iPhone as a music player ?? I use Spotify and pandora lol when I jailbreak my pandora will have unlimited skips no ads etc lol

      • Paul Meneshian

        ive had spotifty for years but i decided to try apple music since it gives you 3 month trial. yea im on the 7+ so im waiting for a jailbreak

  • Nothing about fixing the bad signal or battery going as quick as hell.

  • Sailor_V90

    is anyone having issues connecting their iPad mini 2 to their iMac? my 6s connects fine but my mini keeps flickering and giving me error messages and now its saying not charging…any ideas? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/995e642b286cb72afbbe7ee017269bf47e1781880c1099f653ca7be9995568d4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/27685307c4b6c16bf673d9c68f246834ca2ab6abb0b795ce48c8822e0dcbed3d.png

  • Sailor_V90

    okay my iPad mini is now “looped” bricked. even while in recovery mode, its still bricked. not even iTunes can get it out of recovery mode….

  • h4nd0fg0d

    All these rants regarding battery life on 10.1. I’m not seeing it. My 7+ seems marginally better on battery on 10.1 than 10.02. Maybe its the general setup everyone uses.

  • sondae1 .

    Should I really upgrade from 10.01 (Iphone 7 128gb) to 10.1 right now.. or just wait??