Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 10.1 to Developers and Public Testers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 10 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the second iOS 10.1 beta and a month after releasing iOS 10 to the public.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 10.1 beta from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile is installed.

iOS 10.1 introduces a new "Portrait" mode for the iPhone 7 Plus that allows it to use the two built-in cameras to create shallow depth of field portrait photos with blurred backgrounds.


To achieve the blurred look, the image signal processor in the iPhone 7 Plus uses the wide-angle camera to create a depth map, dissecting the different layers of the photo to decide what to blur. It works on people, pets, and objects, but does require good lighting to achieve the proper effect.

The update also likely includes bug fixes and other under-the-hood improvements to address issues that have been uncovered since iOS 10 was released.

iOS 10 has been described by Apple as the "biggest release ever" for iOS users, with features that include a redesigned Lock screen, a Siri SDK to allow third-party apps to integrate with Siri, and a completely overhauled Messages app with stickers, a full App Store, Digital Touch, Bubble Effects, and more.

Other features include a dedicated "Home" app for HomeKit users, new facial and object recognition capabilities in Photos, and redesigned Maps and Apple Music apps. For more details on iOS 10, make sure to check out our iOS 10 roundup.

Update: The third iOS 10.1 beta has also been released for Apple Beta Software Program members.

Related Forum: iOS 10

Top Rated Comments

citysnaps Avatar
82 months ago
I can confirm with Beta 3 there still is that horrible shutting apps lag, I give up with Apple, my 7 Plus is a joke
Why in the world are you playing with beta software then?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Klae17 Avatar
82 months ago
Now everyone's going to be a "photographer."
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ronmramsayii Avatar
82 months ago
I can confirm with Beta 3 there still is that horrible shutting apps lag, I give up with Apple, my 7 Plus is a joke
This is why it's a beta... a.... beta.....
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnyb098 Avatar
82 months ago
Now everyone's going to be a "photographer."
Nah....Ive seen plenty of crummy phone pics. A real photographer can use any camera to take a creative image.
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I can confirm with Beta 3 there still is that horrible shutting apps lag, I give up with Apple, my 7 Plus is a joke
The lag is a like a quarter of a second. Get a life and enjoy the phone.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
IBoB1973 Avatar
82 months ago
I can confirm with Beta 3 there still is that horrible shutting apps lag, I give up with Apple, my 7 Plus is a joke
0 lag here on my7 + im on my phone all day ..my wife or 2 sons haven't noticed any "lag"

the 10.1 betas have been flipping great
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fenderbass146 Avatar
82 months ago
I haven't been following the beta track to much but I downgraded from iOS 10.0.2 to 10.0.1 because of how much my battery tanked. I don't plan on upgrading until I hear they resolved the battery issues with iOS 10.1.... whats the battery like on this and the earlier betas.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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