Apple just announced that the World Wide Developers Conference 2022 will take place in June and like the events of the past two years will take place in its online format. Here’s what we know.
when does it happen
Monday, June 6th to Friday, June 10th, 2022. On Monday, as usual, there will be a keynote to kick off and a State of the Union event for developers. While schedules are yet to be announced, there will undoubtedly be a keynote address on June 6 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific.
Tipster Jon Prosser had claimed that this year’s WWDC would be an in-person event. I think this claim is very unlikely. After all, it’s not the same as the company’s product launch events, where 1,000 members of the press are crammed into the Steve Jobs Theater. No, at WWDC, 6,000 or more developers are closely associated with Apple’s software engineers. Covid isn’t far enough in our rear-view mirrors for Apple to risk it. And we know anyway that Covid is unpredictable. Of all the things Apple orchestrates, this seemed the least likely to be personal.
But Prosser was right, even if the number of developers personally there will be much smaller than in a normal year.
How many people will be present in person?
That was not revealed. Apple just said, “In addition to the online conference, Apple will host a special day on June 6 for developers and students at Apple Park to join the online community to watch the keynote and State of the Union videos. Space is limited and details on how to apply to participate will be made available shortly on the Apple Developer website and app.”
Here’s a hint. It’s in Apple Park. I don’t think that’s what is meant in the huge rotunda, the main building, but rather in the Steve Jobs Theater which, as mentioned above, seats 1,000 people. So the number will definitely be under 1,000. Stay tuned.
This is a clear advantage. Attending WWDC isn’t free and includes travel, hotels, and the ticket to Dub-Dub itself. But when it’s online, Apple is making it available for free, so as many developers as they want can do it online for free .
Since there are more than 30 million iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV developers, according to Apple, it means they can all attend if they want and without having to book a flight anywhere.
In year three, Apple will “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 have until April 25th to submit their work. Visit the Swift Student Challenge website for more information.”
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