Apple's iOS 10.1 Beta Includes Promised Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus Users

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Today's new iOS 10.1 beta, available now to developers, includes a new "Portrait" camera mode for iPhone 7 Plus users, which was shown off at the iPhone's debut event but wasn't quite ready for release.

    Portrait mode is designed to mimic the kind of shallow depth of field images that can be taken with a high-end DSLR, with a front subject that stands out over a blurred background.


    To achieve this look, Apple's built-in image signal processor scans a scene, using machine learning techniques to recognize the people in the image. From there, it creates a depth map of the image from both of the two cameras included in the device, keeping the people in focus while applying an artful blur or "bokeh" to the background.

    According to TechCrunch, Apple's Portrait option was built on technology acquired from camera company LinX. Portrait mode is using the 56mm lens to capture the image while the wide-angle lens gathers perspective data to build the depth map and divide the image into layers.

    It's in beta, so there are some quirks Apple will need to work out. Apple has said that Portrait won't be used all the time, and it does appear to require good lightning and the right focusing distance between objects to function properly. It will take some experimentation to get good shots with Portrait.

    Portrait mode is a new feature in the camera app that can be found alongside other video and photo taking options like "Video" and "Panorama." It even includes a Live Preview effect that lets you see what the image will look like before you take it, something that's unique to the iPhone.

    Article Link: Apple's iOS 10.1 Beta Includes Promised Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus Users
  2. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
  3. Allewsive macrumors member


    Apr 22, 2015
    Looking forward to this, but I don't really want the Beta on my 7+ just yet
  4. meaning-matters, Sep 21, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2016
  5. technopaul macrumors member


    Jul 28, 2010
    Intrigued to see what these beta users think of it and photographers who are in beta as well.
  6. filmantopia macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2010
    At least it won't explode.
  7. njy02 macrumors newbie


    May 19, 2016
    Gaussian blur? What in the world apple use lens blur ffs. How else will they get the bokeh like effect. Maybe someone misreported? Lens blur makes bright objects in the background turn into those beautiful bokeh balls while gaussian is just a regular blur kind of like those used to censor on television. Maybe apple has their own in house filter that'll do something like lens blur? Because gaussian will not make it look "bokeh" at all …
  8. LunarFalcon macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2007
    Does this beta include the wallpapers that were missing from 10.0?
  9. f_merc macrumors newbie


    Sep 9, 2016
  10. max.ine macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2016
    Doesn't look like it.
  11. reel2reel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
  12. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    Wow, the portrait mode looks amazing. Makes me want to buy the plus iPhone next year (if Apple makes the dual camera exclusive to the plus model).
  13. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    Were you actually expecting to get optical bokeh from lenses and sensors the size of your pinky nail? :)

    This was always gonna be a digital effect applied in post.

    The iPhone may do a billion calculations when you press the shutter... but this is still a special effect.

    I was honestly hoping that you could use image data from both cameras combined to make one good picture... not this faux-blurred-Photoshop effect.
  14. nrose101 macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2011
    Delray Beach, FL
    Hopefully it comes out to the general audience fast. IOS 10 is so buggy! I wish I could downgrade.
  15. freepomme Suspended

    Oct 30, 2015
    Boston, MA
    Portrait mode? Oh yeah, I forgot about that. The iPhone 7's didn't even have that when I tried it out, I ain't even know that.
  16. Gherkin macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2004
    does it matter what they are calling it? They've already shown many examples of what it will look like. Judge based off that, not what they are calling the software blur.
  17. max.ine macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2016
    What device are you using? For me, iOS 10 has been one of the most (if not the most stable) releases in the past year.
  18. dlewis23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    iOS 10 for me has been the least buggy iOS in a long time on my iPhone 6s Plus. My 7 Plus has a few issues that hopefully get addressed in 10.1.
  19. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
  20. Lvmyiphone macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2015
    Is there a way to turn it off what if i dont want the blur background??????? please tell me theres a way to shut it off
  21. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    Portraits of people only? What about animals and objects such as flowers etc?
  22. chriskerrigan macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2016
    The only issue I've been having on iOS 10 is the quick replies from the lock screen still act a little wonky at times. Sometimes it'll show multiple instances of the same message or multiple "typing" indicators. Really odd.
  23. chiefsilverback macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2011
    Given that real bokeh is effected by the design of the lens, especially the blades on the aperture diaphragm, I wonder if Apple will develop of signature 'look' or allow you to select different bokehs?
  24. saudade macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2015
    u want to see the bokeh's balls? And who is he btw?

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