WWDC22: What to expect from Apple’s annual worldwide developers conference
What is WWDC?
Apple’s WWDC or Worldwide Developers Conference is possibly Apple’s biggest event of the year, which will be held between 6th – 8th of June this year, at 6pm BST. The event will be live-streamed, available to watch on YouTube – you can check it out here: https://www.apple.com/apple-events/
Following the same format as 2020 and 2021, the conference will be held virtually, but unlike the past two years, they will be hosting an in-person event as well for a lucky few developers and students on an invite-only basis, to display the WWDC keynote recording at the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.
It is a chance for Apple to shout about the latest software development, tech features and releases, including Apple’s iOS, iPadOS, watchOS updates, and potentially the release of the long-awaited realityOS for the VR/AR headset – something our sister brand TechNET Immersive has touched on a few weeks back in their ‘Apple Glass’ blog post.
Let’s get down to the specifics. Here is why you should be paying attention at 6pm tonight!
New software updates include:
iOS 16 – it has been claimed by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman that these updates will be “fairly significant”. We should see improvements on apps such as Messages, Health, and notifications too. We also expect to see changes and enhancements to the lock screen that include new wallpapers with widgets.
iPadOS 16 – A new ‘multi-tasking mode’ may be introduced for use on iPads that allows users to resize their windows accordingly, making the experience more mac-like than iPhone-like.
WatchOS – potential updates include low power mode to save battery, without limiting your usage. We could also see improved navigation, and more accurate health stats.
TVOS – If you are an Apple TV owner, you could benefit from more smart home features.
Mixed reality headset – It has been rumoured that Apple will be releasing a mixed reality headset featuring rOS (reality operating system) in the near future. There has been a lot of hype over the supposed AR/VR headset from Apple, however many people have doubts that the release may be saved for later this year or pushed back to early 2023. It seems that the technology is not yet ready for release, but we are hoping to see some sneak-peaks at the very least at today’s conference.
We are looking forward to tuning in with Apple at 6pm at the Worldwide Developers Conference, and over the next couple of days to see exactly what they have to offer this Summer and what we can expect in the upcoming months.