How to use Portrait Mode like a pro

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The iPhone 7 Plus will completely change your photos.
The iPhone 7 Plus will completely change your photos.
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Portrait Mode has quickly become the standout feature on the iPhone 7 Plus. When you get the new dual-lens camera in the hands of pro photographers, it’s not hard to see why.

Apple published a new guide today that reveals how photographers are using the new Portrait Mode. Most of the tips are pretty simple and can be mastered quickly.

Here’s how to get the most out of Portrait Mode with iPhone 7 Plus.

On The CultCast: iPhone 8 Plus Edge? Analysts say it’s on the way

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iPhone 7 is spotted in the wild and iPhone 8... getting an edge? Catch the discussion.
iPhone 7 is spotted in the wild and iPhone 8... getting an edge? Catch the discussion.
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This week on The CultCast: You’ve heard of Samsung’s Galaxy Edge … but is an iPhone 8 Plus Edge on the way? Some respected analysts say yes. Plus: iPhone 7 Plus with dual lens was just spotted on the streets; iOS 9.3.5 fixes one of the most invasive iOS exploits to date; Tim Cook just made fat stacks of cash; and, if the rumors prove true, Apple is working on a new social network … to take on Snapchat. No, seriously.

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iPhone 7 might be much more exciting than we thought

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You'll probably want to upgrade to iPhone 7.
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The iPhone 7 might look two years old when it goes on sale this September, but it will be much more exciting than you anticipated, according to the latest claims from Deutsche Bank analysts.

Apple’s 4.7-inch model is expected to get an upgraded camera with optical image stabilization, a Force Touch home button, “professional-class waterproofing,” and more.

Dodgy photos show super-powered ‘iPhone 7 Pro’

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It looks like there really will be an iPhone 7 Pro.
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A new photo of Apple’s next-generation iPhone lineup all but confirms there will be an iPhone 7, an iPhone 7 Plus, and an iPhone 7 Pro. Only the latter will be blessed with a dual-lens camera and a Smart Connector, which means you’re going to have to pay a premium for them.

Why you’ll love Apple’s dual-lens camera on the iPhone 7

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Why you'll fall in love with Apple's new dual-lens camera.
Why you'll fall in love with Apple's new dual-lens camera.
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Despite a bevy of leaks, a ton of questions remain about the upcoming iPhone 7, the biggest of which is whether or not it will come with an exciting dual-lens camera.

One week it’s coming. The next it isn’t.

Maybe you’re thinking, why would you even want one anyway? Well, in today’s video, we’ll show you why a dual-lens camera would be an amazing upgrade for any iPhone (and we’ll even toss in some sexy, 3-D concepts of what a dual-lens iPhone might look like).

Check it out:

Samsung could beat Apple to dual-lens smartphone cameras

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The Galaxy Note 7 edge could have a second camera here.
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It looks like a dual-lens camera will be the most exciting upgrade for the iPhone 7 Plus this year, but you might be able to get one a month early from Samsung.

According to one report, the South Korean company is expected to deliver one inside the Galaxy Note 7 edge, which is due to make its debut in mid-August.

Don’t expect your iPhone 7 to be any thinner

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This tells us the iPhone 7 Plus will be no thinner than its predecessor.
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Some reports have claimed Apple’s next-generation iPhones will be its thinnest yet, but according to a new schematics leak, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be just as thick as the company’s latest models.

But that doesn’t mean the headphone jack is sticking around.