Hands on with Apple’s awesome new Portrait camera mode

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The iPhone 7 Plus holds a place of distinction in Apple’s growing line of mobile handsets. It’s the first to feature two cameras, one for regular shooting and the other for optically zooming in. Apple might have gotten more criticism for adding a camera just to introduce optical zoom to the iPhone, if that was its only play.

Apple, however, made it clear at the launch event earlier this month that these two lenses would soon work together in a rather visually stunning feature called Portrait.

Without Depth Effect

Rachel Rique was kind enough to serve as my very first Portrait mode test subject.

Rachel Rique was kind enough to serve as my very first Portrait mode test subject.

Image: lance ulanoff/mashable

With Depth Effect

The difference with Depth Effect is pretty dramatic.

The difference with Depth Effect is pretty dramatic.

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Apple’s Echo rival could make Siri the master of your home

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Amazon is sitting pretty on top of the smart home with its Alexa voice-controlled Echo devices, and Google will close in later this year with its own Home assistant device. But what about Apple?

While iOS 10’s much-needed Home app for controlling all your HomeKit-compatible smart home devices is a step in the right direction, the company may need an Echo rival of its own.

Apple is reportedly working on an Echo-like smart home device according to Bloomberg

This report corroborates a earlier one from The Information earlier this year that Apple was developing its own Echo-like product based around Siri.  Read more…

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