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Apple announces WWDC 2022 for an almost virtual event

Apple has just announced that the 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference will take place in June and, like events for the past two years, will take place in its online format. Here’s what we know.

When is this happening?

Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 10, 2022. On Monday there will be, as usual, a Keynote and a State of the Union event for developers. Although times have yet to be announced, it will no doubt be a keynote at 10 a.m. Pacific on June 6.

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Tipster Jon Prosser had claimed that this year’s WWDC would be an in-person event. I found this claim highly improbable. After all, it’s not the same as the company’s product reveal events, with 1,000 journalists packed into the Steve Jobs Theater. No, WWDC is where 6,000 or more developers work closely with Apple’s software engineers. Covid is not so far in our rearview mirrors that Apple would risk that. And, anyway, we know that Covid is unpredictable. Of all the things Apple puts on, this seemed the least likely to be in person.

But Prosser was right, even though the number of developers attending in person will be far fewer than in a regular year.

How many people will be there in person?

It has not been revealed. Apple just said, “In addition to the online conference, Apple will hold a special day for developers and students at Apple Park on June 6 to watch the keynote address and State of the Union videos together. , as well as the online community. Space will be limited and details on how to apply to attend will be provided soon on the Apple Developer site and app.

Here’s a hint. It’s in Apple Park. I don’t believe that means in the huge circular building that is the main building, but more likely in the Steve Jobs Theater which, as mentioned above, seats 1,000 people. So, the number will definitely be less than 1000. Stay tuned.

How much?

It is a definite advantage. Attending WWDC is not free and involves travel, hotels and the ticket to Dub-Dub itself. But, when it’s online, Apple stages it for free, so as many developers who want to come can do it for free, online.

Since there are, according to Apple, over 30 million developers for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV, that means they can all attend if they want to. wish, and without booking a flight anywhere.

Quick Challenge

For the third year, Apple “will support students who love to code with the Swift Student Challenge. Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad and Mac that makes learning the Swift programming language interactive and fun. For this year’s challenge, students around the world are invited to create a Swift Playgrounds app project on a topic of their choice, and they can submit their work until April 25. For more information, visit the Swift Student Challenge website.

More as we have.

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