The 34th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be held at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, from Monday, June 5, to Friday, June 9, the company said on Wednesday.
The conference will start with “a special all-day event” that will include the usual keynote speech and “State of the Union” talks from the platform. The language on Apple’s website makes it sound like, just like last year, some or all of these will be shown in pre-recorded videos instead of live on stage.
After the first day, Apple will probably hold several panels about how developers can use the company’s developer toolkits and APIs to support new and old features across all Apple platforms.
Apple’s developer program members who want to go have to sign up for a lottery since the event can’t hold enough people in person to meet demand. Still, developers will be able to watch the whole conference online. In either case, there is no cost to attend.
The main goal of each year’s WWDC keynote is to announce and explain new features that will be in the next versions of Apple’s operating systems. In this case, iOS 17, iPadOS 17, tvOS 17, watchOS 10, and macOS 14 will all have new features.
Almost certainly, the same thing will happen again this year. Apple also sometimes announces new hardware or services for consumers at WWDC, but not always.
In the past few months, a lot of reliable sources have said that Apple hopes to show off its long-awaited mixed-reality headset and related software for the first time at this year’s WWDC. If that’s the case, we think it will be a big part of the keynote.
Even if that’s true, the headset isn’t likely to come out in June. It’s much more likely that Apple will talk about what to expect from a release in the future, possibly in September with the new flagship iPhones or even later, so that developers can start making apps, games, and experiences for the new platform.