Apple’s latest betas are ready for public testers

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Public testers can now try iOS 10.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.1.
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The first beta builds of iOS 10.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.1 have been made available to members of Apple’s public beta testing program today after devs got a first look at the changes yesterday.

iPhone 7 Plus owners can installed iOS 10.1 to get a taste of the new Portrait Mode Apple teased at its keynote earlier this month. Taking advantage of the new dual-lens camera, Portrait Mode creates a blur effect around subjects similar to DSLRs to make photos really pop out.

Apple’s release notes for the new beta software updates don’t mention any major features, though there are a ton of bug fixes and known issues listed.

Public testers can download iOS 10.1 directly from Apple via an over-the-air update after installing the proper configuration profile on their device.

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 mostly focuses on under-the-hood improvements. The update also adds support for Portrait albums in the Photos app. The new betas come just two weeks after the launch of iOS 10 and few days after macOS Sierra’s public unveiling.

Both operating systems received huge updates this month, adding a slew of new features to iPhones and iPads such as improved Messages, third-party support for Siri, lockscreen widgets, intelligent photo search and much more.