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Midweek news bites: public betas, Face ID ads, Texas Hold’em

Plenty of Apple, iPhone, and iPad news gets released each week – but not everything is worthy of its own full article! Sometimes, scanning a few quick summaries gives you all the information you need.

So please dig into this week’s Apple news bites, freshly sourced from all around the web. As ever, click through to read the full stories if you want to know more!

Apple re-releases Texas Hold’em game for App Store’s 10th Anniversary

Forget the fact that the App Store launched on iOS nearly 11 years ago – this 10th anniversary remaster of one of the very first games available for iPhone will bring back all kinds of nostalgia for early adopters. The good news is it holds up pretty well today, with a twist that still feels novel – video of your opposing computer-controlled “players”, so you can spot bluffs from their body language.

Texas Hold’em

Face ID showcased in Apple’s amusing new ‘nap’ advert

Apple’s latest commercial aims to promote Face ID’s superiority over Touch ID, explaining how it can be easily used to securely log into services, make payments, and send money. You can watch the explainer video right here. But the real creativity comes in the partner advert, “nap,” which takes a more lighthearted approach to showcasing the convenience of Face ID. We’ve embedded this one below, or you can press here to watch it directly on YouTube.

Second round of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 public betas now available

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 are due for launch later this year, but last month Apple opened up its public beta program to allow anyone looking to test pre-release versions to download it to their iPhone or iPad. Now, the second public beta is available with the first round of bugs squashed and a few minor improvements to check out. We still wouldn’t recommend installing beta software on a primary device, but this second iteration should be much more stable than the first. If you’re already set up on this year’s beta program, simply update as normal from the Settings app – otherwise, check out our guide to installing public betas.

New Apple discounts and trials available to students

Apple Music has always offered a three-month free trial to new customers, but it has now doubled that for students. Anyone who can prove their studentship via UNiDAYS is eligible for a full six months free, followed by a half-price $5/£5 per month subscription. Students are also currently able to get a free pair of Beats headphones when buying a Mac or iPad thanks to Apple’s latest Back to School promotion.