Wednesday 26 October 2016

iPhone update includes an improved photography feature

iPhone update

Apple has been rolled-out a major update on iOS 10.1 to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners across the globe.

The software update brings the highly-anticipated Portrait Mode to the iPhone 7 Plus, which uses the dual-camera set-up to artificially create a depth effect.

Using data captured by the two 12-megapixel sensors on the iPhone 7 Plus, iOS will artificially apply a blurred background while keeping the subject in foreground in sharp focus.

It's an effect – also known as bokeh – that is traditionally only accomplished with DSLR cameras.

iPhone 7 Plus includes a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with optical image stabilisation, a larger ƒ/1.8 aperture and a new six-element lens enabling brighter, more detailed photos and videos any time of day.

Until now, iPhone 7 Plus owners have only been able to use the dual-camera set-up for optical zoom.

To update to iOS 10.1, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update.

After the update has installed on your smartphone, launch the camera app and swipe over – like you are used to doing to access Panorama and Square modes – and there will be a new tab labelled Portrait.

The new photography mode will show a live preview of the effect, letting you line-up the shot perfectly.

According to Apple, for the best results with the new Portrait Mode, make sure your subject is in a brightly lit area.

The further the distance between your subject and the background, the more pronounced the bokeh effect will be.

Apple Maps now includes transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya

In Photos, Apple has improved the display of wide colour gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app.

It has also addressed a glitch that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library.

And People names labelled in the Photos app are now saved and synced across iCloud backups.

Bluetooth connectivity with third-party accessories has been tweaked and improved in iOS 10.1, too.

iOS 10. 1 also fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail, as well as a bug that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched.

The news comes as an online test appears to have demonstrated that the cheapest iPhone 7 is a much slower phone than its more expensive counterparts.

Testing from two separate technology blogs has demonstrated the speed of reading data from the iPhone's in-built storage in the 32GB variation is around 200Mbps slower than its 128GB variant.



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