The company will keep things virtual, as it has done since the outbreak began.
As if there was any doubt, Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will return this summer. Tuesday, the corporation released the dates—June 6–10—and confirmed that it will be an online-only event once again.
Apple held WWDC in person at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center before the outbreak. Despite Apple’s request that staff come to their offices this month, this is the third year in a row that the company has held an online-only event.
However, only a few prominent tech conferences and events have entirely returned to their in-person formats. Google’s I/O event in May will be a hybrid event, as was the Game Developers Conference (GDC) last month, albeit with a significant in-person presence.
“Showcase the newest developments in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS while offering developers access to Apple engineers and technologies to learn how to create revolutionary apps and interactive experiences,” Apple states in its WWDC22 announcement.
Apple goods are now more than ever a part of people’ daily lives, assisting them in learning, creating, and connecting. Apple’s growing worldwide community of over 30 million developers will gain insight and access to the technologies and tools they need to make their ambitions a reality at WWDC22. This year’s schedule will include more information sessions, cutting-edge learning laboratories, digital lounges to engage with guests, and localized material to make WWDC22 a truly global event, in addition to the news delivered during the keynote and State of the Union presentations.
Apple will offer developer sessions on specific themes and APIs, learning labs, and digital lounges in addition to the June 6 keynote, which will outline the latest big upgrades to Apple software. “More localized content to make WWDC22 a truly global event,” Apple pledges.
In addition to the online conference, Apple will offer a special day at Apple Park on June 6 for developers and students to watch the keynote and State of the Union movies alongside the online community. There will be a limited number of spots available, and information on how to apply will be available soon on the Apple Developer site and app.
While some developers we spoke with expressed disappointment at the loss of in-person networking possibilities, others argue that online events are preferable since they decrease the barrier to entry, particularly for developers outside the United States.
Apple’s Swift Student Challenge will help kids who enjoy coding for the third year. Swift Playgrounds is a game-changing iPad and Mac app that makes learning the Swift programming language interactive and enjoyable. Students from across the world are asked to construct a Swift Playgrounds app project on a theme of their choice for this year’s competition, and they have until April 25 to submit their work. Visit the Swift Student Challenge website for additional information.
Around WWDC, Apple will offer another Swift Student Challenge. This is the third installment. Students will construct an app “on a topic of their choice” using Swift Playgrounds. The deadline for submissions is April 25.
Through its annual WWDC student program, Apple is happy to encourage and nurture the next generation of creators. Thousands of students have refined their abilities and interacted with other coders of various ages over the last three decades. They’ve gone on to have long and fruitful careers in technology, found venture-backed firms, and founded NGOs dedicated to leveraging technology to improve the world.