Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is set to return this summer as if there were any doubts. The company announced the dates on Tuesday – June 6-10 – and confirmed it will once again be an online-only affair.
Before the pandemic, Apple hosted WWDC in-person at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. However, this is the third year in a row that Apple has opted for an online-only event, though it is urging employees to return to their offices this month.
However, few major tech conferences and events have fully returned to their original face-to-face formats. Google’s I/O event in May will be a hybrid event, and last month’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) was also a hybrid event, albeit one with significant in-person presence.
In its WWDC22 announcement, Apple says that as usual, it will “showcase the latest innovations in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, while giving developers access to Apple engineers and technologies to learn how to build groundbreaking apps and… create interactive experiences. “
In addition to the June 6 keynote, which will detail the latest major updates to Apple software, Apple will be offering developer sessions on specific topics and APIs, learning labs, and digital lounges. In addition, Apple promises “more localized content to make WWDC22 a truly global event.”
While some developers we spoke to lamented the loss of in-person networking opportunities, some say the online events are preferable because they lower the barrier to entry, especially for developers based outside of the United States.
Apple will also host another Swift Student Challenge around WWDC. This will be the third. Students will use Swift Playgrounds to create an app “on a topic of their choice”. The closing date for entries is April 25th.