Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus is featured in iOS 10.1 beta 3

Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus is featured in iOS 10.1 beta 3
While Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus may not look all that different from past generations of the handset, Apple still managed to jam-pack the handsets with a host of new features. While not all of the new additions to the iPhone 7 line are revolutionary or groundbreaking, there's still do denying that some of them are pretty darn cool. One of the features for the iPhone 7 Plus that Apple showed off at their keynote event last month was the phone's Portrait mode with its dual-camera setup. Thanks to the optics that the iPhone 7 Plus is equipped with, the Portrait mode in the camera app allows you to take photos of people or other subjects that are sharp and in focus while the background is blurred. This cool depth-of-field trick is something you normally only find on high-end cameras, so being able to pull it off on your smartphone is certainly something we're interested in.



Although the feature was shown off at the Apple event back in September, it hasn't actually been available for the public use. The Portrait mode appeared to work quite well when demoed on stage, but even since then we've been dying to try out the feature for ourselves. Thankfully that's changing today with the third update for the iOS 10.1 beta. In the update for the beta, Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus is finally making its way to the general public - in addition to a host of other bug fixes and minor tweaks. Although we wish that the Portrait mode feature had made its way to everyone at this point, seeing it move to the beta version of iOS 10.1 is still promising for a full-fledged release in the near future.

If you happen to have the iOS 10.1 beta running on your iPhone 7 Plus, you should have an update waiting for you for the third version of it that includes the various bug fixes and access to Portrait mode. This certainly is a big addition to the 7 Plus, so if you get a chance to test it out be sure to comment below your thoughts about how it works for you in the real world.

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iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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11 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

It looks too waxy and artificial. I've been waiting for depth of field to become a focus on phones for so long, and finally someone is trying to make it happen. Hopefully by the time its comes out of beta, it looks far better than this.

4. Unordinary unregistered

https://m.imgur.com/a/bmyiG I think this one looks pretty awesome and accurate

6. Furbal unregistered

Edges are completely blurred which they shouldn't be. Not bad but can tell its being faked with software. Same as the honor 8/p9.

8. Unordinary unregistered

If we want to be picky, then yes. But coming from all these mobile phones, it's awesome.

7. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

I thought even the LG G4 anf onwards LG flagships do this... bokeh thing

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Pretty sure the all Android flagships since 2015 have it (even a decent amount from 2014)

10. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Seriously they call this a feature?

3. parasshah100

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

I really doubt, Apple is even using the second camera here, even if they are, is it that much better the 'Lens Blur' with the Google Pixel with one camera sensor? Apple's whole point of removing the headphone jack was to save space, but the second camera is really a waste of space here, zoom comes in handy, bokeh is cool, but these 2 features arent really worth sacrificing that much space for,Lets be honest

5. parasshah100

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

I am really interested to see how Samsung implements the second camera, just yesterday there was a post about trademarks being filed for s8's 2 cameras and they are going to to be used to get more light and improve low light. This seems to be a better use for the second sensor than Apple' bokeh or telephoto lens. Atleast on paper. Hope it lives up to the standard set by the S7.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, I'd thought the secondary camera would help ensure the right parts are blurred, but it still really struggles with edges

9. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 275; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

Ive had portrait mode since 10.1 beta version 1.

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