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News bites – the stories you may have missed (30 October 2021)

Plenty of Apple, iPhone, and iPad news gets released every single day – but we know you’re busy, so we’ve got your back. Here, we’ve picked out some of the most important stories from the past week or so and summarized them for easy digestion. You’re welcome.

Let’s take a quickfire look at some of the most interesting recent headlines of late. As ever, click through to read the full stories if you want to know more!

Apple glass could go straight for the eyes

We’re all imagining Apple’s forthcoming augmented reality (AR) headset, designated Apple Glass, to resemble a stylish set of glasses. That may well prove to be the case, but a newly revealed patent application suggests that Apple is already looking into something a little more ambitious. The patent is for a “Direct retinal projector”, and it aims to beam an AR picture straight into your eyes. It would use gaze tracking to eliminate the need to project onto a 2D surface in front of your face, thus eliminating the queasiness and eye strain many people experience with AR and VR experiences.

App Privacy Report coming soon

You might have noticed that the App Privacy Report feature that Apple announced at WWDC is nowhere to be found in iOS 15. It now seems Apple is preparing to launch the feature with the next major iOS update. The feature has cropped up in the first developer preview of iOS 15.2, meaning the public should see it sometime in November. In case you missed it, App Privacy Report provides a breakdown of how your apps have been accessing your data and contacting other domains.

Apple Music – now on games consoles

Apple Music is now available on its first games console. Sony has announced that its PS5 has become “the first gaming console to introduce an integrated Apple Music experience”. As well as accessing the library of more than 90 million songs, Sony’s Apple Music integration offers background music support, so you can play music while you’re gaming. PS5 users can even find song recommendations that match the game they are currently playing. The PS5 Apple Music app also supports seamless music video playback.

iPhone SE Plus tipped

Apple could launch a new affordable iPhone next year, and it could be called the iPhone SE Plus. Before you go imagining a larger take on the 2020 iPhone SE 2, though, hold your horses. According to display analyst Ross Young, this model will apparently sport the same 4.7-inch display as the current SE model. On the plus side, it will bring 5G connectivity to the SE line. There may well be a larger iPhone SE in the works, but Young claims that it won’t land until 2024.

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