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Apple prepares 'widest array' of new products in 2022

Apple products

Apple has more new devices coming in 2022 than ever before. This is according to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, who calls the product launches the "widest array" of new hardware launches in Apple's history. The excitement is set to begin this spring, with an event rumored for March or April. Another round of product releases is slated for the fall. As always, there's a flurry of activity leading up to WWDC and this year will be no different.

Apple VR headset launches in 2022

Oculus Quest 2

The Oculus Quest 2 (pictured above) may have some serious competition from Apple starting next year. Apple plans to launch a combined augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) stand-alone headset. The company is likely to reveal the new hardware at WWDC over the summer, giving developers time to create apps. Apple is expected to produce a lightweight, sleek design with swappable headbands.

iPhone to get under-display Face ID

iPhone Face ID notch

Exciting changes are in store for upcoming iPhone models. If the latest leaks are to be believed, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has bold predictions for the future of Face ID. Changes start with the iPhone lineup this fall, which noticeably shrinks the width of the display notch. The black display notch houses necessary components for Face ID, including the TrueDepth camera.

HomePod mini has a secret sensor inside

HomePod mini xray

Hot on the heels of Apple's HomePod discontinuation comes a revelation about the HomePod mini. The $99 smart speaker has a secret sensor inside, which is currently deactivated. Apple's plans for the sensor are unclear, however the company could have plans to add more features to HomePod mini with a software update that would activate the internal sensor.

What is a mini-LED display?

iPad Pro

Mini-LED displays replace the traditional backlight on an LCD display with a grid of individually controlled LEDs. These lights can adjust the backlight brightness behind very small areas of the screen. With better control of where light is delivered on the display, there are several advantages.

Mini-LED brings lower power consumption, faster response times, and better image quality to displays.

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