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WWDC 2022: Everything we know so far about Apple’s big software event

Every year, Apple hosts an important conference to detail updates to the software running its vast range of tech products. Here’s what we know about this year’s event, including the confirmed date and announcements we’d expect to see.

Every few months the whole world of tech stops and stares as Apple presents an event that inevitably leaves a mark on the industry as a whole. WWDC is no different, and we’re very much looking forward to this year’s edition; here’s all that you need to know before it kicks off.

What is it?

WWDC – which stands for Worldwide Developers’ Conference – is an annual event hosted by Apple that introduces new software changes, primarily so that developers can get to grips with them so that they can design or optimise apps and other programs for the newest version of Apple’s software.

However, it’s not just the professionals who tune in to the event; Apple enthusiasts also love to watch the event in order to learn about upcoming updates as soon as possible, especially as these could drop clues about new hardware.

When is it?

Apple has announced that the WWDC event for 2022 will take place between June 6 and June 10, with the keynote event kicking things off on June 6. This keynote is where we expect to see any products and services announced.

It will once again be an online virtual event with only a select number of developers and students attending the event physically.

What do we expect to see?

iOS 16, along with updates to macOS and more

We once again expect there to be operating system updates to be made across Apple’s vast product range. This includes iOS 16 for the hotly rumoured iPhone 14 line, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, and WatchOS 9. We’re not sure of the specific changes that this new software will usher in, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled right up until the event itself, for the latest news and rumours.

Tim cook standing on stage in a black outfit with iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS written on the screen behind him
Tim Cook makes announcements at WWDC 2021

The next-gen M2 chip

Of particular interest would be the launch of the Apple M2 chip, the next generation of Apple’s own-brand silicon. Rumours currently indicate that it will be built on a 4nm process, with 8 CPU cores and up to 10 GPU cores. Given the phenomenal performance levels we recorded reviewing devices running the Apple M1 chip, we’re certainly excited to see what extra muscle that this processor could offer future models of the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and even the iPad Pro and iPad Air. There’s no guarantee that we’ll see it unveiled at this event, but we certainly hope that it makes an appearance.

There could also be a product launch or two at the show. These have never been an established fixture of WWDC, with it sometimes occurring and sometimes not, but we’ll be sure to update this article if there are credible indications that a new Apple device is on its way.

What happened at WWDC 2021?

Here are the announcements that made the biggest waves when WWDC 2021 was broadcast:

  • iOS 15 was the star of the conference. New features that were onboard included SharePlay, Focus and new features for Messages, Notifications and FaceTime, Photos, Wallet and Weather.
  • iPadOS 15 also was revealed, with the upgrades including the adoption of iPhone’s customisable home screen widgets (with larger options for the iPad), the App Library, new multitasking features like Split View, updates to the Notes app, the Translate app and Swift Playgrounds.
  • WatchOS 8 received more more mindfulness and Apple Fitness Plus features, portrait mode support for the Photos watch face and gif support on Messages.
  • macOS Monterey had a clutch of new upgrades, such as tweaks made to the Safari web browser, a new Universal Control for multi-tasking with your iPad, and the ability to AirPlay content to your MacBook.
  • Homekit was also upgraded, with new parcel detection, Home Keys to unlock your door, Apple Watch features and support for the Matter smart home protocol.
  • iCloud Plus was launched too, and included features like Privacy Relay and Hide my email to improve security in the Safari and Mail apps, along with support for multiple Homekit security cameras on your iCloud account.
Wallpaper of WWDC21, number of heads looking towards the center that beams light out of WWDC21
Trusted Take

WWDC is Apple’s software-focussed event of the year and it can often go by without the hint of new hardware. What I would like to see this year is iPad software that really makes use of that M1 chip. Maybe a mobile version of Final Cut Pro, for example. This could really turn Apple’s high-end tablets into true MacBook replacements.

Max Parker

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