It has been more than a month since iOS 10 officially launched to the public. Apple today released the first major software update for iOS 10. Apart from some bug fixes and general behind-the-scenes improvements, this time, Apple has added a brand new feature for iPhone 7 Plus.
If you are now using an iPhone 5 or later, you can get an OTA update for the software. In this post, we will you walk you through everything that’s new in iOS 10.1.
- Portrait mode
10.1 update marks the first software update that comes with more than bug fixes. This time, there is a brand new feature called Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus owners. Basically, Portrait Mode adds a Bokeh effect to your photos taken with the iPhone 7 Plus.
Portrait Mode puts your main image in focus, while blurring the background. You can access the new Portrait Mode by performing a left-swipe in your camera view.
If you don’t know how to use this feature, don’t worry because the Camera app will show you how. Once you have entered the Portrait Mode, you will be notified if the subject is too far or too close. When your subject is in the right direction, the Bokeh effect live will appear. All you have to do now to is take a picture, and it will be saved.
- iMessage effects
With iOS 10, iMessage has seen a major upgrade with stickers, effects and apps. However, you cannot send, receive or view iMessage effects if you have turned on Reduce Mode.
Luckily, in iOS 10.1, Apple has added a switch that lets you use iMessage effects while Reduce Mode is still enabled. Cool, isn’t it?
To do this, you can head to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. Make sure that you have turned on Reduce Motion. Once you are done, you will see a new “Auto-play Message effects” toggle below.
- Redesigned iMessage App Drawer
In iOS 10, you can download and install third-party apps right in your messaging thread to spice up your conversation. All your installed apps will be stored in your iMessage App Drawer, but imagine if you have 20 iMessage apps, your drawer will become a mess.
Apple has solved this problem by adding a scroll bar that shows up every time you swipe between the pages. This means that Apple has officially removed the “Recents” icon in iOS 10.1 update.
- Replay text effect
In iOS 10.1, you can replay an iMessage effect in a conversation by tapping on the “Replay” button below an iMessage bubble.
- Opening notifications is now much easier
In iOS 10.1, when you tap on a notification from the notification center, it will take you to the specific part of the app. Previously, some users reported that their notification did nothing when they tapped on it from the notification center.
Here is everything that is new in iOS 10.1 release. If we miss something, let us know in the comments section below