Depth of field fakers rejoice, Apple has just released the official build of iOS 10.1. This update notably includes the heretofore beta Portrait Mode for owners of the iPhone 7 Plus, allowing users to simulate depth of field effects on photos taken with the 7 Plus' new secondary camera. The update is available now via over-the-air download or by updating your phone via iTunes.
While the update also includes various other bug fixes, you don't really care about those. What you care about is Portrait Mode and how you can either utilize it in your mobile photography or cry and moan about those who do. Portrait Mode has been available via Apple's public beta program for several weeks, and I have been using it off and on with varying degrees of success. I have also found that it can work surprisingly well in non-face situations. Apple has stressed that they use "advanced machine learning" that is specifically focused on human recognition to apply the effect, but it can also add some nice pop to your people-free photos as well.
The technology isn't perfect, but when it works, it works pretty damn well. Nick Pecori wrote about the feature a couple of weeks ago and showed how the effect can add some really nice depth to your mobile portraits.
Have no fear, though, Portrait Mode is also great at adding some spice to those special moments, like when our editor, Alex, traveled to Toronto to watch his Indians clinch a trip to the World Series!
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[Via The Verge]