Apple just released iOS 10.1, the first major update to the iPhone and iPad’s mobile operating system since iOS 10 launched in September.
For iPhone 7 Plus users, the update officially brings Portrait mode, the camera feature that creates photos with a blurred-out background. Portrait mode will continue to be an ongoing public beta, but iPhone 7 Plus users no longer need to install the public beta in order to get it.
As always, the easiest way to update your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iOS 10.1 is to go toSettings > General > Software Update and download it over-the-air (OTA).
iOS 10.1 weighs about 200MB and we recommend connecting to a Wi-Fi network to download adn install it instead of eating into your data plan.
If the update is taking forever to download, your best option is to try again later when Apple’s servers aren’t being slammed by everyone simultaneously downloading it.
Alternatively, you can also connect your supported iOS device to your PC or Mac and update through iTunes.
iOS 10.1 is available for the following iOS devices:
- iPhone: iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
- iPad: iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 12.9
- iPod touch: iPod touch (sixth-generation)
As a precaution, we also recommend backing up your data with iCloud or to a computer via iTunes beforehand to prevent any accidental data loss during the update process. It’s rare you’ll lose any data, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Google Photos is also a great way to keep a backup of all your photos and videos. If you go with the free tier, you’ll be able to store an unlimited amount of photos at up to 16 megapixels and video at up to 1080p full HD resolution; to store video at up to 4K resolution, you’ll need to pay for storage.