Apple today released iOS 10.1 to the public consumption, making it the first major update to iOS 10 since it was made available to download/install a month and a half ago. In testing since September 21, iOS 10.1 saw Apple release five betas to developers and public beta testers before its final version debut. When it comes to any Apple firmware release, we are right on it and as such have all of the details for you on iOS 10 release right here.
With an immediate effect, Apple may have issued iOS 10.1 for all compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, but what’s particularly interesting about the roll out is that iOS 10 as a mobile platform is still in its infancy in the fact that it was only released to the public in the first instance a month ago. Owners of the said hardware are still getting used to, and actually still finding the new features and upgrades which Apple added as part of the main iOS 10 overhaul.
Today’s iOS 10.1 update has gone live for free over-the-air update for all iOS 10 running devices. It is the third update to iOS 10, following iOS 10.0.3, a minor bug fix update specifically released for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. This latest release not only progresses the platform and makes it more stable, on the other hand also gives those device owners additional functionality to sink their teeth into.
Before this public iOS 10.1 release, testers have been able to get a first glance at the new features added into. Enrolled developers and those registered on Apple’s public testing program have been interact with iOS 10.1 in a pre-release state and spent much time for bugs and issues to be reported back to Apple and ironed out as part of the new testing period for final release. By means which may predominantly be a bug fixer and performance enhancement release, but also introduces the fantastic new Portrait mode feature that takes the iPhone 7 Plus camera into the next level of photography.
iOS 10.1 introduces a new feature “Portrait” mode, designed to take advantage of the two cameras included in the iPhone 7 Plus. Portrait mode uses the wide-angle and telephoto lenses in the 7 Plus to create shallow depth of field portrait photos with blurred backgrounds. To achieve that blurred look, the image signal processor in the device uses the camera’s wide-angle lens to create a depth map while the telephoto captures an image, dissecting the different layers of the photo to decide what to blurr with an artful “bokeh” effectr. It reportedly works on people, pets, and objects, but it does require perfect lighting to achieve the proper results.
iPhone 7 Plus owners opting to grab this latest iOS 10.1 download will instantly have additional photography power bestowed upon them via the ability to apply impressive depth-of-field effects, which is visible in real-time in the viewfinder of the Camera app on the 7 Plus. How to use this iOS 10.1 Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus and using it for taking bokeh shots is mentioned above. Try it out right away.
Shot on iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 10.1: Standard mode (on left) vs Portrait mode (on right)
For now iOS 10.1 is available to download and consume with immediate effect for those with compatible hardware. The update also offers a long list of bug fixes and other under-the-hood improvements.
You can grab the update as soon as OTA download via the Software Update (Settings > General > Software Update) mechanism directly on the device itself. Or, wish to grab the IPSW firmware file for fresh install of iOS 10.1, use the download links below.
iOS 10.1 Direct IPSW Download Links:
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (WiFi)
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Cellular)
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro (WiFi)
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Cellular)
- iPad Air 2 (6th generation WiFi)
- iPad Air 2 (6th generation Cellular)
- iPad Air (5th generation WiFi + Cellular)
- iPad Air (5th generation WiFi)
- iPad Air (5th generation CDMA)
- iPad (4th generation CDMA)
- iPad (4th generation GSM)
- iPad (4th generation WiFi)
- iPad mini 2 (WiFi + Cellular)
- iPad mini 2 (WiFi)
- iPad mini 2 (CDMA)
- iPad mini 3 (China)
- iPad mini 3 (WiFi)
- iPad mini 3 (Cellular)
- iPad mini 4 (WiFi)
- iPad mini 4 (Cellular)
- iPhone 5 (CDMA)
- iPhone 5 (GSM)
- iPhone 5c (CDMA)
- iPhone 5c (GSM)
- iPhone 5s (CDMA)
- iPhone 5s (GSM)
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 7 (iPhone9,1)
- iPhone 7 Plus (iPhone9,2)
- iPhone 7 (iPhone9,3)
- iPhone 7 Plus (iPhone9,4)
- iPhone SE
- iPod touch (6th-generation)
Find instructions on how-to clean install iOS 10.1 here: Download iOS 10, 10.1, 10.0.2, 10.0.3 Links & Install On iPhone 7, 6s, 6, Plus, SE, 5s, 5c, 5, iPad, iPod [Tutorial].
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