WWDC 2023 starts June 5

As expected, Apple has announced the dates for its annual developer conference, Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) for 2023.

The event kicks off June 5, and will run for a week. Like last year, there’ll be a special one-day event at Apple Park for developers and media. This will then be followed by the release of a series of videos online for the remainder of the week, covering new frameworks and technologies.

“Apple will host a special all‑day event for developers and students on June 5 at Apple Park. Watch the keynote and State of the Union videos together, meet some of the teams at Apple, celebrate great apps at the Apple Design Awards ceremony, and enjoy activities into the evening,” Apple said in its WWDC announcement.

“WWDC is one of our favourite times of the year at Apple because it’s an opportunity to connect with the talented developers from around the globe who make this community so extraordinary,” Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations said in a statement. “WWDC23 is going to be our biggest and most exciting yet, and we can’t wait to see many of you online and in person at this very special event!”

Speculation is mounting that Apple will use this year’s WWDC to unveil its new mixed-reality headset, alongside a new realityOS. It’ll also likely see the unveiling of the next versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS and watchOS.

Registered developers can sign up now to go into the draw to win tickets to the one-day event at Apple Park, while students can enter the Student Challenge with the chance to win a number of prizes.

The event rounds out a busy conference season for the tech giants, with Google holding Google I/O on May 10, and Microsoft hosting its Build event May 23 to 24.

Apple kicks off iOS 16.5 beta

Now that iOS 16.4 has been released, Apple has kicked off the next series of betas for iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, macOS 13.4, tvOS 16.5 and watchOS 9.5.

At this stage the betas don’t appear to include any significant changes. According to official release notes, the iOS release contains bug fixes for Matter and other system apps while some platforms such as watchOS don’t have any notable changes.

Developers can download the betas today via the Apple Developer portal, or by opting in to the beta program on an iOS device.

This round of betas is likely to be one of the last before the next major updates are announced at WWDC, which itself is likely to be announced any day now.