Apple has announced that WWDC 2022 will take place between Monday, June 6th and run through Friday, June 10th. Once again the event will be a digital event, confirming that the tech giant is not yet comfortable holding such a large scale in-person event. One of the benefits of the digital format, however, is that the event including all developer sessions will be completely free.
“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.”Susan Prescott, Apple VP
Details of the various sessions and hands-off labs will be available via the Apple Developer app and via Apple’s developer site.
Call to Code
Although WWDC will primarily be digital, Apple does plan to offer an in-person event for a limited number of students and developers. Apple states that this will be a limited access special day for students to visit Apple Park and watch the keynote and state of the union address.
Furthermore, Apple has announced its annual Swift Student Challenge. Students are being asked to build a swift playground on a subject matter of their own choosing. Once submitted, they’ll be eligible to win exclusive WWDC 22 merch including branded clothing, a commemorative pin badge and an annual membership to Apple’s developer program.
Brand new beta’s released to developers
Apple has released new versions of iOS 15, macOS Monterrey and more to developers as betas. Specifically:
- iOS 15.5
- iPadOS 15.5
- tvOS 15.5
- macOS Monterrey 12.4
- watchOS 8.6
It isn’t yet clear what new features and changes can be found in these early betas but as soon as more detail is available, this will be published in a follow-up. For now, it’s likely that various bug fixes and quality of life improvements will be included in the updates. But Apple does note that universal control may not function correctly in the release notes.