You Can Try the iPhone 7 Plus' Coolest Camera Feature Now

Image: AP
Image: AP

Apple has released the first public beta for iOS 10.1. In addition to fixing some niggling bugs, it adds a beta version of the new “Portrait” feature for owners of the iPhone 7 Plus.

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Portrait mode uses both then normal wide-angle lens from the iPhone 7 Plus and its secondary “telephoto” lens to create a depth-of-field effect. This feature is very much in beta, as Apple warns you from the very beginning.

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By default, any photo you take in “Portrait” mode will also save a non-blurred background version to your camera roll too. You can preview he effect in real-time.

Image: Christina Warren/Gizmodo On the left is a photo without the portrait mode enabled. On the right, you can see Portrait mode. Notice that the building in the background is fuzzier, while Bryan and William remain in focus.
Image: Christina Warren/Gizmodo On the left is a photo without the portrait mode enabled. On the right, you can see Portrait mode. Notice that the building in the background is fuzzier, while Bryan and William remain in focus.

To get the beta, you’ll need to be enrolled in the iOS 10 beta program. You can sign up by going here and logging in with your Apple ID. Next, you’ll need to download the configuration profile on your iOS device. Even though this is a public beta, it’s a good idea to back up your phone via iTunes or to iCloud before you do this, just in case something bad happens.

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Christina is a senior writer at Gizmodo.

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DISCUSSION

As a professional photo retoucher, if I tried to pass off the Plus’ images as “shallow focus”, I’d be fired pretty quickly. It’s a gimmick at its best and ugly at its worst. Its basically a gaussian blur with some kind of hokey masking algorithm, and it shows.