The 34th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be held in Apple’s Cupertino, California, headquarters from Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 9, the company said on Wednesday.
The conference will begin with “a special all-day event,” which will include the traditional keynote address and the platform State of the Union speeches. According to the phrasing on Apple’s website, some or all of these will be shown in taped video form rather than as a live on-stage presentation, as was the case last year.
Following that initial day, Apple will most likely hold a series of panels on how developers may use the company’s developer toolkits and APIs to support new and old features across Apple’s many platforms.
Since the event cannot accommodate all attendees in person, Apple’s developer programme members who wish to attend must effectively enter a lottery to find out whether they are selected. Nonetheless, the full conference will be available to developers online. The conference is free in any situation.
Each year, the major objective of the WWDC keynote is to reveal and explain new features that will be included in the next releases of Apple’s multiple platform operating systems—in this case, iOS 17, iPadOS 17, tvOS 17, watchOS 10, and macOS 14.
Even in that scenario, the headgear most likely won’t be made available in June. It’s far more likely that Apple will detail what to anticipate from a later release (perhaps in September alongside the new flagship iPhones, but potentially later) so that developers can start working on applications, games, and experiences for the new platform.
WWDC also overlaps with Apple’s Swift Student Challenge, a student coding competition. The application date for the challenge is April 19.
On the day of the keynote, Ars Technica will cover the announcements as they come in.
That is almost certainly going to be the case again this year. Apple occasionally unveils new hardware or consumer services during WWDC, but not always.
Many trustworthy sources have reported in recent months that Apple wants to reveal a first glimpse at its long-delayed mixed-reality headgear and accompanying software at 2017 WWDC. If that is the case, we anticipate that it will play a significant role in the keynote.
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