iOS 10.1 Launches With Bokeh Camera Effect for iPhone 7 Plus

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Apple today released iOS 10.1, which brings a load of changes, including Portrait Camera for the iPhone 7 Plus.

According to the update release notes, the new Portrait Camera "creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background." This new feature, found in the Camera app in between the Photo and Square modes, shows off the power of the iPhone 7 Plus's dual-camera system.

The iPhone 7 Plus has the same camera as the iPhone 7, plus a second rear camera Apple would love you to believe is a telephoto (it's not). Regardless, the new Portrait mode feature leverages both 12-megapixel cameras, plus "advanced machine learning" to create that blurred background effect. The image to the right, for instance, was shot using the iPhone 7 Plus in Portrait mode (click the photo to view it full size).

"This effect, also known as 'bokeh' and previously only capable on DSLR cameras, turns the camera you carry around with you every day into an even more powerful photography tool," Apple said in a news release today.

The feature is currently available in beta, and customers can "expect enhancements in future iOS updates," Apple said. In addition to Portrait mode, the iPhone 7 Plus's dual-camera system offers up to 2X optical zoom and 10X digital zoom for photos. For more, be sure to check out iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy S7: Cameras Compared.

Meanwhile, iOS 10.1 includes a slew of other changes and bug fixes for Maps, Messages, Apple Watch, and more. Maps now includes transit support for "every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya."

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