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News bites – the stories you may have missed

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 VR headset reportedly incoming

Bloomberg reports that Apple will release its own VR headset in 2022, in what would represent the first new product category for the company since the Apple Watch nearly six years ago. The very first Apple VR device will apparently be an expensive and niche concern ahead of a more refined and mass-market AR (augmented reality) effort further down the line. Apple’s initial effort will enable fully immersive gaming, video watching, and communicating, and could be even more costly than existing VR headsets like the Oculus Rift.

Shot on iPhone 12 photos show camera potential

Apple has released a new batch of ‘Shot on iPhone’ images to highlight the photographic capabilities of the new iPhone 12 range. The collection includes various portraits, cityscapes, and night time shots taken by iPhone users, highlighting the enhanced computational photography of the A14 Bionic chip. Taken in various countries around the world, including Turkey, Kuwait, and Italy, it’s another eye-catching showcase for what can be achieved with Apple’s latest phones.

Trump gifted first Mac Pro 2019

It’s been revealed that Tim Cook once gifted Donald Trump a Mac Pro. Trump’s final financial disclosure report following his White House exit contained the fact that the current Apple CEO presented one of his company’s $6,000 computers – seemingly the first Mac Pro 2019 made at Apple’s Austin Texas factory – to the now-former US President. As pointed out by The Verge, while that price tag makes it sound like a generous gift, it would actually only include the bare minimum spec for Apple’s pro-level computer. Trump would seemingly have gone without an accompanying monitor, not to mention any bells or whistles.

Free Apple TV trial extended

Apple has once again extended the initial one year free trial for its Apple TV+ streaming service, which was offered to those who bought new Apple hardware from late 2019. Anyone whose free trial was set to expire before the end of June 2021 will find that the offer has been extended to July. If you managed to get in on Apple’s offer right at the outset, this extension will mean nine months of extra free Apple TV+ watching.  This follows on from an earlier extension back in October, when Apple pushed its trial expiration to February 2021. As 9to5Mac points out, paying subscribers can expect a $4.99 store credit for the February to June period, so no one should miss out on Apple’s generosity.