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iOS 10.1 Beta and WatchOS 3.1 Beta Free Download Available


After releasing iOS 10 on September 13 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, yesterday, Apple has seeded the first iOS 10.1 beta to developers. The company was also busy working on the first update to watchOS 3 (3.1) and it released tvOS 10.0.1 update with a bug fix.

We’ll start with iOS 10.1, which came with the bokeh depth-of-field Portrait feature for the camera of the iPhone 7 Plus. Thanks to this feature, users are able to take photos of other people and apply an artful blur to the background, also known as “bokeh”. It is known that the new iPhone phablet has a dual camera and a portrait mode that mimics shallow depth of field images, while all the attention is on the front subject. It seems that Apple has built the Portrait option based on technology that was purchased from camera company LinX. While the 56mm lens capture the image, the wide-angle lens builds the depth map based on the perspective data and it divides the background into layers.

“Once it has this 9-layer slice, it can then pick and choose which layers are sharp and which get a gaussian (randomish) blur effect applied to them. Once the telephoto lens detects the subject, using autofocus and other stuff we’ll talk about in a second, the image processor inside the iPhone 7 will then apply blur in greater and greater amounts to the layers that are further away from that subject,” has explained Apple.

This Friday, the public beta for iOS 10.1 will be released for more people who will want to take advantage of the new Portrait feature for the iPhone 7 Plus. According to the change-log, iOS 10.1 also comes with a fix for motion handling and it allows developers to access barometric pressure data for iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.

At the same time, Apple has released watchOS 3.1 update and a new version of macOS 10.12.1 and Xcode 8.1.