Apple’s iOS 10.1 adds portrait mode for iPhone 7 Plus users

Alex Kidman 25 October 2016

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Apple has released iOS 10.1 for all compatible devices, but it’s iPhone 7 Plus users who will see the most immediate impact.

Apple has been quite busy on the iOS 10 front, releasing a number of minor point fixes for specific bugs. iOS 10.1, which is available now for qualifying devices, still has bug fixes under the hood, but it also brings with it a number of new features.

The headline act for iOS 10.1 is only available to owners of Apple’s shiny new iPhone 7 Plus. It’s the portrait effect shown off at the launch keynote, which Apple promised would be available before the end of the year. If you’re an iPhone 7 Plus user it’s available now, although selecting Portrait mode within the camera app does reveal that Apple considers it to still be in Beta. If nothing else, that should cover them for any iffy photos it may produce, using both the wide and zoom lenses at once to create interesting bokeh effects on your pictures.

iOS 10.1 also brings public transport for Apple Maps in Japan, specifically Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya if you’re planning to travel soon. There are also tweaks to the way Messages are displayed, new pace option for Apple Watch wearers working out in wheelchairs and claimed improvements in Bluetooth and AirPlay connectivity.

How can I upgrade to iOS 10.1?

If you’re running an iOS 10 capable device you may be prompted to upgrade, but if not, you can head to Settings>General>Software Update to initiate the upgrade process. Be aware that on slower connections the download may take some time, and during the actual upgrade you won’t be able to use your iOS device.

Here’s the full changelog of everything that iOS 10.1 modifies, according to Apple:

iOS 10.1
This update includes Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus (beta), transit directions for Japan, stability improvements and bug fixes.

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
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

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