Apple patch brings Portrait Mode to iPhone 7 Plus.

You'll be able to watch the event on Apple's website or on Apple TV

You’ll be able to watch the event on Apple’s website or on Apple TV

In a shock Monday move, Apple today declared October 24, 2016, to be “International Software Upgrade Day” (ISUD), introducing updates for its watchOS, tvOS, iOS, and macOS. Most of these are ostensibly minor software updates, with the long-awaited arrival of Portrait Mode being the main attraction as we wait on the new Macs this Thursday. (Which you’ll be able to watch on your Apple TV and on

About Portrait Mode

Amazingly everyone is writing the ‘How to use Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus’ guide today, so I thought I’d quickly remind you of the guide to the feature I wrote last month, which I called (wittily, I thought): ‘How to use the iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode’. It’s all there in a short and easy to digest form.

Welcome to ISUD day

Apple has also updated macOS Sierra. This has some charm for iPhone 7 Plus users, a new Depth Effect in Photos (which you’ll also find in iOS 10.1). Apple says the patch will also improve compatibility with Office documents and Mail. It should also improve Universal Clipboard and make Auto Unlock with Apple Watch more reliable, and Safari.

The updates for iOS and Apple TV also appear to be maintenance releases, with the exception that iOS 10.1 also offers the new smart albums feature for iPhone 7 Plus noted above, as well as mass transit details in Maps in Japan. watchOS gains new Messages features and some SNAFUs have been fixed.

One more thing?

So is Portrait mode really the main attraction this ISUD? We know Apple plans to announce new products Thursday (it looks like a new MacBook family…), and the company often likes to ship new software just before such events. One thing that seems to be missing in this set of updates appears to be Single Sign In support for Apple TV. Might this hint at another future announcement?

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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