Apple releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus, bug fixes and other improvements


After unleashing iOS 10 to the public last month, Apple has begun rolling out the first major update to iOS 10.

iOS 10.1 is now available for download. It’s compatible with iOS 10 devices, including the iPhone models going back to the iPhone 5, iPad models going back to the iPad 4th generation, and the iPod touch 6th generation. You can download iOS 10.1 by going into Settings > General > Software Update.

The update to iOS 10.1 includes Portrait Camera, a feature that’s exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus. When you use Portrait Camera, the iPhone 7 Plus will apply a blurred background depth effect to your photos while keeping your subject in focus, giving the image a bokeh look.

If you’ve got an iPhone 7 Plus, you can try Portrait Camera by updating to iOS 10.1 and then launching the Camera app. Apple does note that the feature is still in beta, though, so keep that in mind if you get some photos that don’t look quite right.

For all of the non-iPhone 7 Plus owners out there, iOS 10.1 includes a lot of bug fixes and performance improvements that make it worth a download. Here’s the full list as provided by Apple:

Camera and Photos

  • Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
  • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
  • Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
  • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quite for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library


  • Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
  • Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
  • Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes


  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
  • Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
  • Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch

  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other improvements and fixes

  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories
  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
  • Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the “Show iTunes Purchases” setting is turned off
  • Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview
  • Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard
  • Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages
  • Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly
  • Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text
  • Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched
  • Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data
  • Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results
  • Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users
  • Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup

Apple also released watchOS 3.1 for the Apple Watch today. The update includes some bug fixes and improvements, and you can get it by launching the Watch app on your iPhone and then going into General, then Software Update.

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  • neospade44

    I wonder of there is any battery draining fixes. Wife went from a 6S Plus to the 7 Plus and battery life has drastically decreased. Anyone else have this too?

    • MattPortland

      Nope. I easily make it through the day and then some. It’s on par with what my S7 Edge was.

    • Andrew Singleton

      (you probably know this) turn off background updates for things you dont care about like games, weather, or other apps you dont use. a strong wifi connection uses less power than any cellular connection so try and use wifi calling whenever possible. turn the haptic on the button to the lowest setting.

  • Mikey

    I’m not seeing the “fixes an issue where inferior crappy modem was used”. Anyone else?

    • Justin Miller

      I know! The T-Mobile modem isn’t as great as the one on my 6s Plus!

    • noh1bvisas


  • Justin Miller

    I hope this update gets rid of the random respringing or soft resets every day. These are infuriating. Anyone else experience this?

    • Patrick

      It did on mine with the 10.0.3 update hasn’t done it since even with the 10.1 update

  • john

    I have been having poor call quality issue on my iPhone 7 plus since I got it. I had the same issue on my 6s plus until I received the 7 plus. Any calls be it on wifi or data breaks up, never clear, mumbling sound and then call gets disconnected after sometime. It happens all the time. I called too tech support countless times they tell me could be due to bad application softwares. Asks me do factory reset blah blah/ I even got th cell spot Cignal booster and while I have many bars the calls are always the problem. I am so fed up. What should I do? I have done reset but didn’t help. Th call quality is bad but data is strong

    • TBN27

      Did you have your Wi-Fi router checked out?

  • Wayne Reid

    I guess this is the same build as beta 5 because i have beta 5 installed and i’m not seeing an update.

  • Dan

    Off topic but can anyone confirm that the cell booster would work with a metro pcs phone? Thanks

    • Corey Jalette

      Not sure if metro pcs has a cell booster, but how it works is they program the booster they send with the numbers on the account programmed in so only those would benefit. At least that’s what I think the box said when I got one. Didn’t help much so I sent it back.

      • Mike Palomba

        That’s not true, the T-Mobile cell booster makes signal that any T-Mobie phone automatically picks up and uses

        • Corey Jalette

          You are correct I just looked it over it says you have to activate the cell spot itself in the instructions, not the phones, my bad.

    • Andrew Singleton

      it would. same network.

  • MattPortland

    The power of suggestion is amazing.

  • mikeZo6

    Hope the fixed unstable signal ! modem update

    • Kaulana1989

      They use Intel modem instead of Qualcomm modem for AT&T and T-Mobile iPhones 7 and 7+

  • rex2745

    Was about to jump from an 6s plus to an iPhone 7 plus acouple weeks ago but after hearing all these complaints and bugs with the phone im glad I waited will wait for iPhone 8 next year and instead buy an Apple Watch this year

    • Nobody Special

      it goes to show you, new is not always better.

    • calcu007

      Apple always fixes bugs quickly

      • rex2745

        Most of these bugs are internal though inferior intel modem chip, hiss sound, camera not that good and not having sapphire glass, etc if they were software wise I would’ve already got the phone

        • Lit

          What makes you think Apple will “fix” these things for the 8? Most of the things you mentioned will most likely be carried on to the 8.

        • rex2745

          Because with the 8 is gonna be a completely new phone no old hardware or same look everything about it will be new

        • calcu007

          If you mean hardware, then it can be related to defective,inferior or cheap quality parts.Bugs are always to software related. Each new phone models have its own problem.

  • Mike Palomba

    Wish the portrait mode worked from further away and on larger objects. It would make pictures of my car look amazing

  • Dan

    Does this update affect battery life at all?