What Should We Expect
Learn when the famous keynote will occur, as well as what you can expect from WWDC 2022.
How soon is WWDC 2022?
WWDC 2022 will take place from June 6 to June 10 in early June, according to an announcement from Apple in April. Due to the ongoing global health crisis, the 33rd Worldwide Developers Conference will be a digital-only event without any physical gatherings.
According to Apple, its first-day keynote on 6 June will be to announce its most significant new products, likely iOS 16, macOS 13, and potentially even the Mac Pro - after all, it was teased at the March 2022 event.
Although Apple's WWDC keynote isn't confirmed yet, it generally starts at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT. Here's what the timings would look like in different timezones:
US West Coast: 6 June 10am PDT
East Coast US: 6 June at 1pm EDT
United Kingdom: 6 June at 6pm BST
Europe 6 June at 7pm CEST
Australia: 7 June at 3am ACT
Where will WWDC 2022 be held?
The fourth annual WWDC is being held in San Jose, California, but due to the pandemic, Apple has decided to focus on online programming for WWDC 2022.
Livestreams of the WWDC 2022 keynote address as well as all developer sessions will be available - the latter will only be accessible to paid developers.
Additionally, Apple announced that a small number of students and developers will be able to watch the keynote at Apple Park on the day of the event. Details on how to apply can be found on the Apple Developer site and app in the coming weeks.
The conference is expected to be completely free of charge (as it was two years ago) to all registered developers, which is quite different from the in-person WWDC events that cost $1,599 each through a lottery system.
Student Challenge for Swift
The Swift Student Challenge is an annual coding challenge comprising Swift Playgrounds 4 projects, which are created by students during the WWDC event.
Since WWDC is now digital, this year's winners will receive an Apple Developer Program one-year membership, WWDC 2022 outerwear, and a customized WWDC 2022 pin set. Previous years' Swift Student Challenge winners were invited to the physical WWDC, but this year's winners will receive a personalized WWDC 2022 pin set and an invitation to the virtual WWDC.
Applications are due April 24 at 11:59 p.m. PT, and candidates will be informed if they were selected on May 24. A description of the challenge, as well as the terms and conditions, can be found on the Apple developer website.
What to Expect
WWDC 2022 will see Apple unveil iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, and watchOS 9.
A couple of months after Apple debuts the new operating system, the company will give it to developers for testing purposes in preparation for its fall launch.
Version 16 of iOS
According to iPhone 14 hardware rumors, iOS 16 may include a few new features. But as of right now, it is too early to tell what iOS 16 will include.
Some iPhones will feature hole-punch displays rather than notch displays, which will require interface changes and updating the area around the status bar. There are also rumors that auto crash detectors and emergency satellite features will be included.
If you're curious about what WWDC might bring, check out our dedicated roundup of what we could see in iOS 16.
Almost certainly we will see iPadOS 16 at WWDC 2022, and the tablet-focused operating system will feature many of the same features as iOS 16 - including newly designed icons and interactive widgets - but it will also be able to offer a few new tricks for iPad users.
Apple's iPad OS 16 is rumored to feature Mac M1-native apps running on M1-compatible iPads like the iPad Pro and iPad Air. One leak suggests that Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, and Xcode could all be made available for iPads.
A new feature, Whisper suggests, will let app windows float on an iPad when the device is connected to a keyboard and trackpad (like Apple's Magic Keyboard). It's the same way Mac OS and Windows operate; you're probably used to it.
In recent years, WWDC has become increasingly rare when it comes to hardware. However, there are rumors that Apple will unveil its next Mac Pro and/or an AR/VR headset ahead of the device's launch to give developers time to create apps and experiences for the device.
WatchOS 9, tvOS 16, and macOS 13
We are also likely to see macOS 13, tvOS 16 and watchOS 9 at WWDC 2022 - but unlike iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, Apple has largely kept leaks and rumors under wraps, with no clues regarding the next Mac, Apple TV, or Apple Watch software floating around.
Headsets for AR and VR
There is not yet any word on whether Apple will show off its AR/VR (or "mixed reality") headset during WWDC 2022, so it could be put off until 2023.