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iOS 10.1 is now up for download, brings Portrait mode to iPhone 7 Plus


Photo by Gadjo C. SevillaAfter going through public beta, iOS 10.1 is now in its final version. Aside from bug fixes, this update brings the Portrait mode feature to the iPhone 7 Plus’ camera. It offers a bokeh-like effect that makes it look like the photo is shot with a DSLR. The feature is said to currently be in beta. It’s best used on people and animals, according to CNET. The app will save a version of your photo with and without the feature enabled. You can’t edit photos after the fact. To achieve the Portrait mode effect, it has to be enabled when you take the shot.

If you want to get the feature, you can head to Settings > General > Software Update or update via iTubes. Check that you have a couple of gigabytes free and back up your iPhone on your computer or iCloud first. Keep the phone plugged in while updating.


Skype on iOS now lets you make calls using Siri

Taking further advantage of iOS 10, Microsoft updated its consumer version of Skype for the iPhone and the iPad. The apps get deeper integration with Siri and now lets you place Skype calls using Apple’s voice assistant without needing to launch Skype first. Incoming Skype calls will also now appear on your screen with an interface that looks almost identical to regular phone calls. The latest iOS version also lets you store Skype details for your contacts on the service right into the contacts app of the operating system. For those using Skype for Business, Microsoft plans to bring the feature in next month.

Source: The Verge


Google on iOS hides your incognito searches behind Touch ID

Google is adding a bit more security or assurance for its iOS users with the latest update for its app. If you are doing private searches within the Google app, Google can lock these searches behind Touch ID, which means if someone else uses your iPhone or iPad, they won’t be able to snoop over what you’ve been searching. For convenience, Google will not close these private searches when you leave the app. You will have to do that yourself. A friendly reminder, though. Going incognito doesn’t mean you’re completely private. It “doesn’t hide your browsing from your employer, your internet service provider, or the websites you visit.” The Google app won’t hide your searches from Google, either, but it won’t tie them to your account. One other feature added to the Google app on iOS is allowing you to watch YouTube videos directly in the app.


Apple fixes bug that shuts off headphone controls on iOS

One of the advantages of Apple having full control over its iOS ecosystem is bug fixes can arrive pretty quickly. A new fix released in version 10.0.2 resolves an issue with Lightning headphone controls getting disabled after a period of inactivity. This bug was reported soon after the iPhone 7 launch last week. And thankfully, Apple addressed the issue rather quickly. The physical controls on the Lightning-connected headphones and earbuds should continue working even after you’ve stopped listening to anything for a while.

Aside from that, this update fixes two other issues: one is regarding Photos closing or quitting when some users switch on iCloud Photo Library and another is regarding “an issue that prevented enabling some app extensions.

Source: The Verge