iOS 10.1 public beta brings portrait mode to iPhone 7 Plus

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Lighting is everything.
Portrait mode has landed for public beta users.
Photo: Apple

You no longer need a developer account to get your hands on iOS 10.1. Apple today released its first public beta, bringing the new portrait shooting mode to iPhone 7 Plus.

iOS 10.1 isn’t vastly different to iOS 10 for most users, but those with an iPhone 7 Plus have a special treat in store. This release makes further use of the handset’s dual-lens camera, allowing users to snap photos with stunning depth-of-field effects.

You can access portrait mode from within the Camera app simply by swiping left and right in the viewfinder — the same gesture you would use to switch between things like video, slo-mo, and time-lapse. The feature isn’t perfect yet, but it can be amazing.

iOS 10.1 also fixes an issue with notifications on the lock screen, introduces a redesigned Messages app drawer, and makes it possible to replay Message animations. You can see all this in action in the video below.

To get your hands on iOS 10.1 early, you’ll need to signup for Apple’s public beta program. Although this is only a minor upgrade, beta releases can still be unstable, so this release isn’t recommended for primary iOS devices you rely on.