iOS 10.1 with Portrait Mode for the iPhone 7 Plus is now live, comes with many fixes and overall improvements

After five beta versions, Apple is now rolling out the final build of iOS 10.1 to the general public. Being the first major update to iOS 10, this release comes with a plethora of tweaks, improvements, and new features in tow, most notable among which are various fixes for Bluetooth connectivity with third-party devices, a new option to replay bubble and full screen effects in iMessage, as well as the much-touted Portrait mode exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus.

Portrait mode is a new and exciting technique for simulating a shallow depth of field in digital photos, allowing for impressive-looking portrait shots where the subject is sharp in focus, standing out against a blurred background. This effect is commonly referred to as “bokeh”, and is impossible to achieve with current smartphone cameras, mainly due to their tiny sensors, unless the subject is very close to the camera. Portrait mode aims to amend this by simulating a shallower depth of field, using the two cameras of the iPhone 7 Plus in conjunction, in order to distinguish between foreground and background in the shot, as well as post-processing techniques to separate the subject in a natural way from the background.

If you haven't yet received a notification for the 10.1 update, you can manually do a check by going to Settings > General > Software update.

Here is the full changelog/release notes for iOS 10.1:

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


    • 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


    • 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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