Apple confirmed this morning that the annual WWDC Developers Conference will return as the only event from June 6-10. This is the third all-virtual edition of the show, traditionally held in person at the McNairy Convention Center in San Jose.
The news follows Google’s recent announcement that its own I/O will return in May as a hybrid event, albeit with less attendance. Apple has only gone online since the start of the pandemic and has been holding all of its events online ever since. However, the company is providing developers and students with limited space for the main party at Cupertino’s Apple Park.
“At its core, WWDC has always been a platform for communication and community development,” Vice President Susan Prescott said in a press release. “In this spirit, WWDC22 invites developers from all over the world to come together to learn how to bring their best ideas to life and push the boundaries of what is possible. We enjoy interacting with our developers and we hope that all of our members will return home feeling energized from their experience.
As always, the opening of the event will serve as a launch pad for the latest versions of Apple’s operating systems, iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. The event has traditionally been a bit of a hit on the hardware front, although many expect the company to at least announce a new version of the Mac Pro during the event.
The rest of the event will focus on the default developer panel for the aforementioned ecosystem. The show will also once again feature a Swift challenge that encourages students to develop applications using the programming language.