iOS 10.1 Release: 5 Things You Need to Know

The iOS 10.1 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is confirmed and today we want to take a look at everything we know so far about the iOS 10.1 update, its release date, beta, and more.

In early September, Apple confirmed its highly anticipated iOS 10 release date for September 13th. And on September 13th, the company rolled out the iOS 10 update for select iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models around the world.

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iOS 10 is a solid update but it isn’t perfect. iOS 10 problems are plaguing many iPhone and iPad owners in the days since release. Many users are calling for a new iOS 10 update release to address these lingering problems.

It might not be the next iOS 10 update but the iOS 10.1 release is confirmed and it’s available right now ahead of its official release.

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Apple’s iOS 10.1 update is confirmed thanks to a beta release and today we want to go over the most important things to know, right now, about the first big update to the iOS 10 operating system.

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This roundup takes a look at what we know for sure about the iOS 10.1 update and it also outlines a few things you can expect from the upcoming iOS 10.1 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

iOS 10.1 Beta

If you want to try the iOS 10.1 update right now, you can.

Ahead of the iOS 10.1 release date, Apple’s pushed an iOS 10.1 beta to developers and those in the free and public Beta Software Program.

The iOS 10.1 beta 1 isn’t a big release but there are still some very good reasons to think about trying it out on your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch. We’ve outlined a list of reasons to look at if you’re unsure of its merits.

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Before you install the iOS 10.1 beta, make sure you prepare your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. A little prep work will go a long way toward preventing iOS 10.1 beta problems. And yes, there are iOS 10.1 beta problems.

Here are a few of the issues testers have lurking in the first iOS 10.1 beta. They include issues with display brightness, the keyboard cursor, and more.

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To help, we’ve put together a game plan that outlines the steps we take before we install beta software on our devices.

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We’ve also put together a guide that will take you through the beta installation process. If iOS 10.1 beta is your first beta, make sure you take a look at those before you go through with the process. They could save you some time.

We expect Apple to release several iOS 10.1 betas before the official release so keep an eye out for iOS 10.1 beta 2 and so on as we push through the fall.

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iOS 10.1 Release Date

Earlier this year, at its iPhone 7 launch event, Apple confirmed an update for release later this year. At the time, the company failed to outline the update’s name. We now know it’s iOS 10.1.

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An iOS 10.1 release date is confirmed for 2016 though a specific date remains out of reach. And it could stay that way all the way up until the roll out.

The only time Apple confirms specific iOS release dates is on stage during media events. So unless Apple stages another event in October or November, we probably won’t get an official iOS 10.1 release date ahead of time.

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At this point, it’s safe to assume Apple will roll out several iOS 10.1 betas. Apple’s been taking its time with iOS betas (iOS 9.3.3 went through five before it was released) so don’t be surprised if the company slow rolls this one too.

We’d expect iOS 10.1 beta testing to take a few weeks (at least) so we’d expect the final version of the update to roll out in October or November ahead of the holidays.

iOS 10.1 Release Time

The iOS 10.1 release date will  be difficult to predict but the iOS 10.1 release time isn’t.

If Apple sticks to its usual release protocol, and there’s no reason to believe that it won’t, iOS 10.1 will arrive around 10AM Pacific on release day. The same can be said for all of the upcoming iOS 10.1 beta releases.

Here’s what that looks like for regions in the United States and countries around the world including Australia and Japan:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11AM
  • London – 6 PM
  • Moscow – 9 PM
  • New Dehli – 10:30 PM
  • Shanghai – 1 AM
  • Tokyo – 2 AM
  • Melbourne – 3 AM
  • Auckland – 5 AM

Apple probably won’t confirm the release time ahead of release so you’ll want to keep an eye on your device(s) around this time once the release gets close.

iOS 10.1 Update

As for the iOS 10.1 update itself it’s rather small. At least for right now. We expect more features to be added as the beta progresses.

As promised, the iOS 10.1 update comes with a major upgrade for the iPhone 7 Plus camera. The crown jewel of the iOS 10.1 upgrade so far is the Portrait bokeh feature that Apple promised at its iPhone 7 launch event.

This new bokeh feature allows iPhone 7 Plus users to create a portrait with a depth effect that keeps the subject of the photo sharp while also creating a gorgeous blurred background. The video below will give you some idea.

There’s also a bug fix for barometric data on the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro and a few other minor changes developers and beta testers have uncovered. Here’s a running list from the testers over at MacRumors forums:

  • Improved raise-to-wake (When you interact with the screen after raise to wake, the timeout is extended and the motion to put the phone down no longer turns off the screen immediately. If you don’t interact with the screen after raise to wake, then the behavior is the same as before.)
  • New option added when the ‘Reduce Motion’ setting in Accessibility is enabled: Auto-play Message Effects (It appears to change nothing in message effects playback, however.)
  • Modem Firmware: 2.35.00 (iPhone 6s Plus)
  • What’s New in Messages Splash Screen added.
  • There seems to be some sort of Bluetooth extender over Wi-Fi for HomeKit devices. (This can be tested by turning off Bluetooth on one of the iOS or tvOS devices running the latest beta software.)
  • Stock camera image quality has been significantly improved for low light shots. (iPhone 6s Plus)
  • Battery Charging Algorithm has been significantly changed. First 70% is slower, 71-93% is fast and 94-100% is the slowest. (Tested with DFU restored iPhone 6s Plus with offline mode enabled).

Again, we expect the list of changes on board the beta to grow as the iOS 10.1 update pushes toward a final release.

How to Downgrade from iOS 10.1 Beta

If you’re already on iOS 10, you can try the iOS 10.1 update without penalty.

You can download the iOS 10.1 beta and drop back down an earlier version of iOS 10 (or iOS 9.3.5) if you don’t like its performance.

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Apple is currently signing off on iOS 9.3.5, iOS 10.0.1, and iOS 10.0.2 which means you can drop back to any one of those from the iOS 10.1 beta.

We expect the iOS 9.3.5 downgrade to close up soon but you’ll always be able to drop back down to the latest version of iOS 10 from iOS 10.1 beta.

For more on the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.

10 Things to Do Before Installing iOS 10.1 Beta

Read Apple's Beta Rules & Conditions

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Read Apple's Beta Rules & Conditions

These are the steps that we usually take before we install iOS beta software but know that you do not need to follow every single one of these before you download and install iOS 10.1 beta on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

If you decide you want to download the iOS 10.1 beta for your device, you'll want to first go over the rules and regulations for Apple's iOS beta software process.

Getting the iOS 10.1 beta on board your iPhone or iPad is actually very easy but there are some guidelines that you'll need to follow once you commit to doing so. 

If you're thinking about downloading and installing the paid iOS 10.1 developer beta you'll want to take a look at Apple's beta website for developers. It will take you through the most important info related to the developer version of the beta. 

If you want to download the iOS 10.1 beta for free, you'll need to join the Beta Software Program. And like the developer beta, Apple's Beta Software Progam has some rules that you'll want to follow. (Note: iOS 10.1 beta isn't out for the public yet but it almost certainly will be later this year.)

Before you download and install iOS 10.1 beta, read Apple's FAQ on the Beta Software Program because it will answer many of your burning questions and help you understand some of the important do's and don'ts. 

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