With just days to go before executives are expected to take the stage at 1 Infinite Loop for an event that could see the company introduce a string of new Mac offerings, Apple on Monday released all four of its once-in-testing software updates to the public.
iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, tvOS 10.0.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.1 each saw their official public release, yesterday, bringing with them some minor -yet, still notable- changes.
Perhaps the most notable of those is the introduction of that long-promised ‘Portrait’ shooting mode, for the iPhone 7 Plus.
The new mode -now available from within the software’s built-in camera app- is set to take full advantage of the 7 Plus‘s dual-lens camera system, allowing users to take shots that feature a real-time applied background effect which looks similar to that of the pro-photo effect known as ‘Bokeh.’
Alongside the above additions there are, as expected, a number of other changes in the latest version of iOS.
Here’s just a few of them:
● People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
● Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
● Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
● Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library
● Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
● Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
● Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes
● New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
● Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
● Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
● Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
● Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
● Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio
The latest version of watchOS –watchOS 3.1– features a new option to replay bubble and full screen effects in Messages, and effects can also play with Reduce Motion enabled.
On the iOS side of things:
● Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
● Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
● Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
● Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
● Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text
There are also a number of fixes on the watch side:
● Fixes an issue that could cause the notification for Timer complete to be delivered twice
● Resolves an issue that could prevent Apple Watch Series 2 from fully charges
● Fixes an issue that prevented Force Touch options from appearing in some third-party apps
Apple’s latest update to its TV-based OS is considered so minor, that the firm itself failed to provide even a bug fix list for the update.
We’ll keep our eye out for any changes that we may spot and update here should we find anything.
The changes in the latest version os macOS are more detailed, however – with the company adding an automatic smart album in Photos for Depth Effect images taken on iPhone 7 Plus, as well as improving the compatibility of Microsoft Office when using iCloud Desktop and Documents.
You’ll also find a number of other fixes and improvements:
● Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from updating when using a Microsoft Exchange account
● Fixes an issue that caused text to sometimes paste incorrectly when using Universal Clipboard
● Improves reliability of Auto Unlock with Apple Watch
● Improves security and stability in Safari
Download & Install
This week’s software updates can be downloaded either over-the-air via the software update mechanism found on each respective device (iOS: Settings > General > Software Update, Watch: Watch App > General > Software Update, Apple TV: Settings > System > Software Updates > Update Software, Mac: Mac App Store > Updates Tab).
Or alternatively, by using a USB cable and the latest version of iTunes.
If you happen to have ‘Automatic Updates’ enabled on any of your devices, you should be prompted via an alert when each update becomes available and from there you should be able to begin the install.