Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcomingiOS 10 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeing thefirst iOS 10.1 beta and three weeks afterreleasing iOS 10 to the public.
Registered developers can download the new iOS 10.1 beta from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile is installed.
iOS 10.1 includes anew "Portrait" mode for theiPhone 7 Plus that allows it to use the two built-in camera to create shallow depth of field portrait photos with blurred backgrounds.
To achieve the look, the image signal processor in the iPhone 7 Plus uses images from the wide-angle camera to create a depth map, dissecting the different layers of the photo to decide what to blur. It works on people, pets, and objects, but does require good lighting to achieve the proper effect.
The update also likely includes bug fixes and other under-the-hood improvements to address issues that have been uncovered since iOS 10 was released.
iOS 10 has been described by Apple as the "biggest release ever" for iOS uses, with features that include a redesigned Lock screen, aSiri SDK to allow third-party apps to integrate with Siri, and a completely overhauled Messages app with stickers, a fullApp Store, Digital Touch, Bubble Effects, and more.
Other features include a dedicated "Home" app for HomeKit users, new facial and object recognition capabilities in Photos, and redesigned Maps andApple Music apps.
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