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Apple issues fifth betas of iOS 10.1 with iPhone 7 Plus Portrait photos, macOS 10.12.1

Apple on Wednesday pushed out new fifth beta releases of both iOS 10.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.1, as the company is expected to launch Portrait photo mode for the iPhone 7 Plus, as well as newly redesigned MacBook Pros, in just a matter of days.


MacBook Pro render. | Source: Martin Hajek


Both developers and public testers with registered devices can now install iOS 10.1 beta 5, identified as build 14B72c, as well as macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5, build 16B2553a.

The new iOS 10.1 beta arrives just two days after Apple supplied the fourth developer and public beta builds. The forthcoming update will introduce a new Portrait mode for photos on the iPhone 7 Plus, taking advantage of its dual-lens design to artificially blur the background in images.

As for macOS Sierra 10.12.1, its fourth beta arrived last week. The new update is expected to include support for an OLED touch bar that is rumored to be one of the main features of a redesigned, thinner MacBook Pro.

Both updates could launch to the public as soon as next week. Apple is expected to be planning a media presentation for next Thursday, Oct. 27, where the company is rumored to debut new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, as well as a new 13-inch MacBook Air.