When Apple introduced the iPhone 7 Plus, it did so introducing along with it “Portrait Mode” to make portrait shots even better thanks to the dual-camera system on the back of the device.
Unfortunately for iPhone 7 Plus owners, that particular feature wasn’t available out of the box. Apple promised it would arrive in a subsequent software update, but there wasn’t a timetable included with it. However, we know now, following the seed of developer beta 1 10.1, the Portrait Mode in the stock Camera app is built in.
With Portrait Mode, users will be able to get a shallow depth-of-field shot, similar to what’s available on a DSLR. It will put the main image in focus, while the background will have a slight blur. As TechCrunch puts it, after some hands-on time, the development of the feature was made possible through Apple’s acquisition of LiNx:
“The depth mapping that this feature uses is a byproduct of there being two cameras on the device. It uses technology from LiNx, a company Apple acquired, to create data the image processor can use to craft a 3D terrain map of its surroundings.
This does not include the full capabilities of the Primesense chip Apple purchased back in 2013 (we have yet to see this stuff fully implemented), but it’s coming.
For now, we’re getting a whole host of other benefits from the two cameras, including “Fusion,” Apple’s method of taking image data from both the wide angle and telephoto lenses and mixing them together to get the best possible image.”
Portrait Mode isn’t for every situation. Apple even stressed this on stage while demoing the feature. However, with the right lighting and other factors, the new Portrait Mode will certainly be a welcomed addition for the iPhone 7 Plus owners out there in the real world.
With iOS 10.1 in its first developer beta seed, there’s no word on when the software will be available to the public. However, a public beta could be released soon, letting adventurous folks jump in ahead of time.