Apple today announced that its 33rd annual Worldwide Developers Conference will take place from Monday, June 6 to Friday, June 10. As has been true for the last few years, the WWDC 2022 will be an online digital event, with no in-person attendance.
In addition to the online conference, Apple will host a special day for developers and students at Apple Park on June 6 to watch the keynote and State of the Union videos together, along with the online community. Space will be limited, and details about how to apply to attend will be provided on the Apple Developer site and app soon.
Until 2020, Apple always hosted its WWDC events at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, with thousands of developers attending each year. It was expected that the 2020 event would be held at the Steve Job Theater at Apple’s new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, but the COVID-19 pandemic put the kibosh on that idea, and for the last few years, WWDC has been a free online event.
“At its heart, WWDC has always been a forum to create connection and build community,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise and Education Marketing. “In that spirit, WWDC22 invites developers from around the world to come together to explore how to bring their best ideas to life and push the envelope of what’s possible. We love connecting with our developers, and we hope all of our participants come away feeling energized by their experience.”
WWDC 2022 will be free, with developers around the world able to “attend” the virtual event. There will be sessions and labs for developers to allow them to learn about the new features of the software updates that Apple is expected to unveil during the event’s keynote.
Apple is expected to unveil updates to its popular devices’ operating systems, including iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, and watchOS 9. While WWDC doesn’t traditionally include hardware introductions, we could see new Macs, as Apple is working new Apple Silicon-powered Mac Pro, along with a new MacBook Air.
While the event will be all-digital, Apple plans to host a day for developers and students at Apple Park on June 6, where they’ll watch the keynote and State of the Union videos together. Space will be limited, and Apple will take applications.
For the third year, Apple will also support students who love to code with the Swift Student Challenge. Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad and Mac that makes learning the Swift programming language interactive and fun. For this year’s challenge, students from around the world are invited to create a Swift Playgrounds app project on a topic of their choice, and they can submit their work through April 25. For more information, visit the Swift Student Challenge website.