iOS 10.1 Beta 4 Released To Developers, Download Now

Apple has made available iOS 10.1 beta 4 download for developers and testers to interact with the bugs and fixes. The fourth beta of iOS 10.1 comes approximately seven days after beta 3 of iOS 10.1 was released.

This latest beta build hits the inboxes of developers and public testers about five weeks after Apple issued the maiden version of iOS 10 to public. With the new pre-release seed of iOS 10, it shows the company’s commitment to ensuring that 10 acts the most seamless environment possible for all iPhone and iPad owners. The latest iOS 10.1 beta isn’t the one that’s going to immediately introduce a heap of new inclusions and outward-facing changes for developers to sink their teeth into.

Given the fact that it’s 4th release in the first major update of sorts to iOS 10, mainly focuses on improving the overall experience and fixing bugs and issues that have previously been reported to Apple, and have existed since the public launch of iOS 10/10.0.1, or discovered in additional minor point release since.

iOS 10.1 introduces a new “Portrait” mode for the iPhone 7 Plus that allows it to use the two built-in cameras to create shallow depth of field portrait photos with blurred backgrounds. The new Portrait mode is essentially a software integration that unlocks the full potential of the dual-lens camera system found on the iPhone 7 Plus.

By means to having fantastic zoom capabilities that uses the telephoto lens, iPhone 7 Plus owners, as of iOS 10.1, will also be able to capture stunning images with blurred depth-of-field effects, akin to the type of images that you can take using a DSLR camera.

Currently, it seems Apple doesn’t necessarily like to issue granular changelog or release notes alongside a developer-facing beta, but nevertheless we can deduce that part of iOS 10.1 beta 4 contains improvements and enhancements to the new Portrait mode beta that should likely get the feature ready for a final release for all owners of the new iPhone 7 Plus out there. If anything becomes officially available, we’ll update you here.

To achieve the blurred look, the image signal processor in the iPhone 7 Plus uses the wide-angle camera to create a depth map, dissecting a number of layers of the photo to decide what to bluer and what not to. It works on people, pets, and objects, but does require good lighting to achieve the proper effect. The update released to also likely includes bug fixes and other under-the-hood improvements to address issues that have uncovered since iOS 10 release, like what you call it the CallKit bug that has caused CallKit to function unreliably.

As always, this latest iOS 10.1 seed is available to download immediately as an over-the-air update from Settings > General > Software Update for those developers and public testers with either previous version of iOS 10.1 installed on the device. The IPSW file can also be downloaded directly through Apple Developer portal for afresh clean install.


Apple also dropped iOS 10.0.3 for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users. You can learn about iOS 10.0.3 here: Download iOS 10.0.3 IPSW Links For iPhone 7 And iPhone 7 Plus.

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