Apple event calendar: The next event is WWDC from June 6-10
Thursday January 13, 2022. 11:00 PM , from Mac Central
Updated 04/05/22: Apple has officially announced the dates for WWDC, its next major event. The Worldwide Developers Conference will be held from June 6-10.
Apple doesn’t often participate in big industry-wide events like CES or E3. The most valuable company in the world holds its own events, thank you very much. Several times a year, Apple invites the press and industry professionals out to a theater (or a computer screen) to hear all about its latest products and services. Apple calls these “Special Events,” and streams them online to its millions of fans.
There’s also WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, a multi-day event in the middle of the year focused on sessions for developers, helping them make the most out of the latest Apple tools and products. It kicks off with a big keynote that serves to announce new products (typically the latest versions of iOS and macOS, as well as a few hardware products).
This article will be updated periodically as we get a clearer picture of when Apple will hold its yearly events, and which products it may introduce. Apple is a very secretive company, and the leaks and rumors about its products are often wrong. Bear that it mind: you never really know what Apple is going to do until the company makes a public announcement!
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June 6-10 2022: WWDC
Apple always holds its week-long developers conference in June, typically in the first or second full week of the month. This year, Apple has announced that WWDC will be held from June 6-10. It will once again be an online-only event.
Apple always reveals its new operating systems at WWDC. This year, that means: iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16.
New hardware sometimes makes an appearance at WWDC as well, and it’s usually the stuff that developers care most about: “Pro” model Macs. New MacBook Pro models were just announced in late 2021, but the Mac Pro desktop could make an appearance, as could a new Mac mini (a favorite product among developers).
We just got a surprise release of the Mac Studio and Studio Display, but we might see M2-based Mac minis and the long-awaited update of the MacBook Air. Some say that Apple is gearing up for a new mini-LED backlit display as well.
September 2022: iPhones and Apple Watch
September is the month when Apple announces new iPhones and a new Apple Watch. We expect the iPhone 14 to offer a somewhat new design, and of course better performance and cameras. The Apple Watch Series 8 could bring the design changes we expected in 2021 but didn’t get, like flat edges and additional colors. There’s also talk of potentially expanding the Watch line to three sizes.
October/November 2022: Additional products
Of course, Apple has plenty of other products to keep us up to date on. 2022 could see a new AirPod Pro update, Apple TV, a new MacBook Air, and of course a new version of the iPad or iPad mini.
Any of these products could come in an October or November event. Apple has a number of services now–Apple TV+, Fitness+, iCloud+, Music, News, and Arcade–and major improvements to them can be announced at any time. Of course, there’s also room for new products, like the AR/VR headset we keep hearing about but never seems to materialize. We’ll have a better idea of what to expect from a year-end event as 2022 progresses.
Awards and honors
Apple has given out app awards for years, but 2019 was the first time there was an actual ceremony for such. The Best of 2019 app awards were held at a small December event in New York, with mostly the nominated developers and some press in attendance. It was not streamed online.
Also for the first time in 2019, Apple held an awards ceremony for Apple Music. There was a live-streamed performance by Artist of the Year Billie Elish as part of it, the event as a whole was kept mostly to the music industry. In 2020, these events were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards were still given, but there was no event.
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