A couple weeks ago, Apple released iOS 10.1 to the public. Among other features (bug fixes, etc) was an update to the camera with a new mode called, Portrait. While this may seem like an insignificant introduction for some, this is one of the coolest iPhone features I've played with in quite some time. 

Before we go any further, it's worth noting that this feature is only available for users with the iPhone 7 Plus. The dual camera setup of the 7 Plus is what makes Portrait mode possible. 

Portrait mode is software that examines your photos for depth in order to create a blurred background. It's worth noting that even though the software has been released to the public, it's technically still in beta so it still has a number of imperfections. Those imperfections become obvious when you use Portrait mode and snap a quick picture. Often edges of objects look funny or you'll get a blur on a random object that just looks wrong.

The software is also tempermental to low lighting situations and movement within the frame. The best subjects are well lit and non-moving! 

This software may still be new, but as it continues to develop we're going to see even more incredible photography from the iPhone. The blur and depth of field that Portrait mode simulates can mimic and, in some cases, rival photos taken with high-end DSLR-type cameras.

If nothing else, this feature is awesome for encouraging more people to explore photography while taking beautiful photos of their kids or pets.

In the photos below, the photo on the left was taken with Portrait mode while the photos on the right were taken with Apple's normal camera settings. Can you spot the differences?