The highly anticipated annual event has been used to showcase new Apple software and products for more than 20 years
For fans of Apple products at the company’s annual World Developers Conference (WWDC).
Since the 1980s, the event has been used to present new software and technologies in macOS, iOSiPadOS, watchOS and tvOS families and other Apple software.
Over the past 20 years, the conference has also been used as an important launchpad for new Apple products.
No wonder then that it is one of the most important events of the year for everyone technology enthusiasts.
But what exactly is WWDC, when is this year’s event taking place, what can you expect from it and how can you see it here in the UK?
Here’s what you need to know.
What is WWDC?
The Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is Apple’s annual event and provides tech enthusiasts with the premier opportunity to learn about new software the company is releasing — and therefore what they can expect from Apple products in the future.
The event, which is highly anticipated around the world, is usually used by the Californian company to unveil new versions of the software that powers its most popular devices – iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac computers.
It was previously held at locations across America but has been an online-only event since 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
What could Apple reveal during the event?
Tech pundits believe Apple could unveil its first pair of smart glasses or an augmented reality headset during this year’s event.
There have long been rumors that the company behind the ever-popular iPhone is working on a wearable mixed reality device that would allow users to see virtual items overlaid on the real world in front of them.
Reports from the US suggest that Apple could use the event to preview the device for the first time and also unveil a new dedicated software platform called RealityOS.
This year there were suggestions that some new MacBook laptops could also be announced at WWDC, as well as Apple’s second-generation computer chip, the M2, to boost the performance of the new line of computers.
The first look at new software often gives an idea of what the next generation of Apple hardware – such as the iPhone 14 – will look like.
The release of the iPhone 14 is expected to be announced later this year.
It’s also believed Apple could use the conference to further discuss its new suite of accessibility tools designed to make its devices easier for people with disabilities to use, which it announced last month.
There could also be discussions about user privacy, which has been another focus for the company lately.
When is WWDC?
The conference starts on Monday 6 June 2022 at 18:00 UK time.
How can I watch WWDC in the UK?
The event will be streamed live on Apple’s website and will open with a keynote speech from Apple CEO Tim Cook.