As excitement builds towards WWDC 2022, Apple has today shared more details about what to expect at the ‘special event’ at the Apple Park campus:
We’re hosting a special all-day experience at Apple Park on June 6 to kick off WWDC22. Gather with others in the developer community to watch the keynote and State of the Union videos alongside Apple engineers and experts, explore the all-new Developer Center, and so much more.Apple Developer site
Submissions are open from May 9 at 9:00 a.m. PT to May 11 at 9:00 a.m. PT, with successful developers notified by May 12 at 6:00 p.m. PT.
It’s worth noting that the Developer Center referred to here is a new building on Apple Park. This first came to light last year as part of the Apple vs Epic trial. It isn’t referring to the virtual Developer Center that hosts the developer documentation, downloads and account management.
The Developer Center could be a great place to show off some new hardware, especially if it’s designed to be a similar setup like that of the old Compatibility Labs. With new VR and even AR hardware rumoured in the coming years, it seems like it’ll be a popular place to visit.
There’s still no word on where the keynote and State of the Union address will be held on campus. Potential locations include indoors at the Steve Jobs theatre, or even in the center of the ring at the rainbow stage.
Surprisingly Apple also won’t be requiring attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However if selected you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 3 days prior.