Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 10.1 to Developers

Coming just eight days after the initial rollout of iOS 10 began, Apple today seeded developers with the first beta build of the future update for Apple’s latest mobile OS called iOS 10.1. This new build marks the first beta to begin rolling out to testers since iOS 10 beta 8 hit airwaves.

The most notable discovery within iOS 10.1 beta 1 is the fact that Apple built in the highly anticipated Portrait depth-of-field feature first demoed at the company’s September 7th event. The feature is exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual-camera system which allows it to use advanced bokeh effects to focus on a subject found within a photo. By blurring the entire background of the picture and focusing solely on the subject of your choice, you’ll be granted with a very unique photo that can be assisted by the optical zoom capabilities of the telephoto lens found on the 7 Plus in order to get the picture you want. We know this feature is mainly software related (hence it showing up in iOS 10.1 and not 10.0.1), so improvements down the road should help the feature to become better and more powerful over time.

Other than this addition, simple bug fixes and security improvements can be found in the first beta of iOS 10.1. Of course, we’ll let you know if we do find anything worth noting within this beta build, while you can also tip us with anything interesting by emailing a screenshot to

To install iOS 10.1 on your device, you must be a registered developer and already have your device activated to receive beta builds. If you’re device falls under these guidelines, head over to Settings > General > Software Update and you should see a listing for iOS 10.1 Beta 1. Just tap “Download and install” and you’ll be good to go. I do recommend jumping on a Wi-Fi network first alongside plugging in your device beforehand as a) you don’t want data overcharges on your bill and b) you don’t want your phone or tablet to die during the installation process.

Oh, and don’t worry, Apple didn’t forget about you public beta testers out there. You’ll get your first chance to try out the first beta of iOS 10.1 this coming Friday, September 23rd.