Apple’s WWDC developer conference is set to kick off on June 5th. The conference is expected to introduce new technologies, tools and frameworks for various Apple operating systems, including iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. However, industry observers are anticipating the introduction of new products that Apple has not mentioned in its official announcement. Rumors suggest that Apple may unveil software for a mixed reality headset, or even the device itself. Apple has recently registered a trademark for xrOS, further fueling the speculation.
The kick-off event will take place in Apple Park, with a pre-produced film introducing the conference. The keynote will be streamed live and on-demand via Apple’s website, the Apple Developer app, Apple TV and YouTube. In addition to the keynote, Apple will host the “Platforms State of the Union”, which provides further insight into the new operating system versions and developer tools. This will begin on June 5th at 10:30 p.m. German time.
The Apple Design Awards will take place on June 6th at 3:30 a.m. German time. These awards recognize outstanding achievements by app developers.
WWDC will also offer 175 video sessions for developers, which will be available in the developer app and on the developer website. Apple engineers and designers will be available to help developers with their questions via Slack. Free participation in WWDC is available through the developer app.
If Apple is indeed introducing a new device for augmented or virtual reality, it would be one of its biggest product innovations in years. However, we will have to wait until the conference kicks off to see what Apple has in store.