Apple Officially Announces WWDC 2022

Apple has officially announced its 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with the news that it’s once again going to be held as an entirely virtual event.

According to Apple’s announcement, WWDC22 will be held online from June 6 to June 10 — and it will once again be free for all developers to attend.

WWDC moved to a virtual format two years ago at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a sure sign that Apple knows we’re not out of the woods yet, and the company isn’t taking any chances. The virtual format will continue this year.

However, there’s also more to this approach than just the global health crisis. Over the past two years, Apple has discovered that virtual events have their benefits, and this is especially true with something with as far-reaching of an impact as WWDC.

When Apple held its second virtual WWDC last year, it hinted that it might continue doing this even after the need for social distancing and lockdowns had ended.

After all, an in-person event has to be limited, and for WWDC, that’s usually been capped at around 5,000 developers. While that may sound like a lot, it’s a drop in the bucket — Apple boasts a global community of more than 30 million developers, and there’s so much demand for WWDC tickets that even priced at $1,599 each, Apple has to run a lottery to be fair to everyone involved.

On the other hand, a virtual event provides room for a practically unlimited number of attendees — and it’s also allowed Apple to offer the entire conference at no charge.

When it comes to reaching developers, there’s no comparison between Apple’s traditional in-person WWDC events and the new all-online format, but this year Apple is inviting some folks to attend a special in-person event at Apple Park.

In addition to the online conference, Apple will host a special day for developers and students at Apple Park on June 6 to watch the keynote and State of the Union videos together, along with the online community. Space will be limited, and details about how to apply to attend will be provided on the Apple Developer site and app soon.Apple

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