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Portrait Mode comes to iPhone 7 Plus with iOS 10.1 update


One of the biggest updates to land on the iPhone 7 Plus was its camera – and it just got better.

Apple has launched its iOS 10.1 software update which includes a vital tweak to the 7 Plus handset’s camera.

The update adds a new Portrait Mode that blurs the background around whatever the user is snapping, to make it stand out more.

‘Using both 12-megapixel cameras on iPhone 7 Plus and advanced machine learning, Portrait mode applies a depth-of-field effect to make your foreground subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background,’ explained Apple in a statement.

The update ‘turns the camera you carry around with you everyday into an even more powerful photography tool’, said Apple.

The effect, also known as ‘bokeh’ is easily obtained on DSLR and compact cameras with manual aperture control, but is harder to replicate on a smartphone camera.

This isn’t the first time that a smartphone maker has introduced a way of taking photos with a bokeh effect, but it is the first time that Apple has made the feature easily accessible on its handsets.

To access the new mode, iPhone 7 Plus users simply tap on the new Portrait option, which sits in between Photo and Square modes on the handset’s camera.

The 12-megapixel wide-angle camera on both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus includes optical image stabilisation, a larger ƒ/1.8 aperture and new 6-element lens, designed for taking brighter, more detail pictures.

Along with the new Portrait Mode, the iPhone 7 Plus also features a 2x optical zoom, along with a 10x digital zoom.

Portrait Mode is limited to the iPhone 7 Plus and is not available on the iPhone 7.

Apple says that the feature is still in testing mode and that users can expect improvements to land in future iOS updates.

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