Apple iOS 10.1 release date might be next Tuesday, Oct 25th, to bring Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus

Apple's iOS 10.1 might be one of the most anticipated point updates for iPhones. After all, it's expected to bring one of the most alluring new camera features to the iPhone 7 Plus: the Portrait mode that blurs the background of an image to create a bokeh artistic effect similar to what you can typically get on a DSLR.

So when is the iOS 10.1 release date and when will the new iPhone 7 Plus get the Portrait mode feature?

There is some interesting evidence from Japan suggesting that Apple might release the iOS 10.1 update next Tuesday, on October 25th. On that date, one of the biggest Japanese cellular providers DoCoMo is set to have a long maintenance downtime for its payment service and railway company JR East's Suica transit card system will also be down for maintenanice. Why is this important? Both services are said to integrate with Apple Pay at launch of iOS 10.1, so chances are high that this maintenance will coincide with it. Let's keep in mind, though, that this is still unofficial information and Apple itself has only promised a 'this fall' launch for iOS 10.1.

Interestingly, apart from the universally available Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has built in a special FeliCa Type-F NFC controller with its iPhones to make it possible for commuters to use their iPhones on the busy Japanese public transportation system.

Just last week, at his visit in Japan, Apple chief executive Tim Cook was one of the first customers to use his iPhone 7 to enter a gate on JR East's Yamanote Line in Tokyo.


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