Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 10.1 to Developers and Public Testers

Almost two weeks after the first build was released, Apple today began seeding developers and public beta testers alike with the second beta of iOS 10.1 for testing. This new beta includes the ability to take Portrait photos with the iPhone 7 Plus’ rear-facing dual-camera system which is explained below.

The most notable discovery within the iOS 10.1 beta 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.

So far, only slight tweaks to a few applications are present in beta 2 of iOS 10.1 alongside the normal bug fixes and under-the-hood enhancements. If you find something worth noting in the latest build, however, feel free to email us at

To install iOS 10.1 on your device, you must be a registered developer or public beta tester 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 2. 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.