Hands-on with the new Portrait Mode beta on iPhone 7 Plus [Video]

Today Apple released several new betas, but the most interesting new release among the flood of new software is the iOS 10.1 beta for the iPhone 7 Plus. That’s because the iOS 10.1 beta includes a preview of the new Portrait Mode in the iPhone 7 Plus Camera app, and we’ve taken the new feature for a brief test drive on video.

Portrait mode was the much-hyped depth of field effect showcased by Phil Schiller at the recent iPhone 7 event. Unfortunately, the feature wasn’t ready in time for the iPhone 7 Plus launch, so the hardware launched without the feature. Apple promised that Portrait mode would be made available later via a free software update.

Not even a week after the iPhone 7’s release, Apple has shipped Portrait Mode to developers with public beta testers scheduled to get their first hands-on shortly thereafter. As iPhone 7 Plus owners, we were more than happy to jump on the beta to check out the new Portrait mode. Have a look at our brief hands-on video walkthrough as we showcase how the feature works at a high level.

Hands-on with Portrait Mode in iOS 10.1

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Things to note:

Here are the before and after shots:

Without the Portrait Mode’s depth effect

With the Portrait Mode’s depth effect

What’s most impressive to me is the fact that the depth effect works on people and objects. I was almost sure that it would be a people-only thing, at least initially, due to the way Apple was wording the feature during its event and in its press materials. As Apple often does, it under-promised and over-delivered; that much is obvious, even in this early beta stage of the game.

What are your thoughts on the new Portrait mode?

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