WWDC 2022: Everything We Know About Apple's Developer Conference

Apple has announced its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) Keynote will be held this year on June 6. We're expecting Apple to reveal details on its new iOS, iPadOS, and MacOS, and will likely see a beta launch of these four to six weeks after the conference. For the third year in a row, this will be a digital-only event that is free for developers to attend. Let's take a look at everything we can expect from this year's WWDC.

What Is WWDC?

WWDC stands for Worldwide Developers Conference, an event held by Apple each year where they announce the new operating systems for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more. In Apple's own words, "WWDC22 will showcase the latest innovations in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, while giving developers access to Apple engineers and technologies to learn how to create groundbreaking apps and interactive experiences."

When Is WWDC 2022?

The WWDC 2022 keynote will be held on June 6, 2022. No time has yet been announced, but it's typically held at 11:00 a.m. PDT.

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WWDC22 Rumors: What Will Apple Announce?

What We Know About iOS 16

The biggest feature of WWDC 2022 is likely to be the new iOS reveal. There's already plenty of speculation around what we'll see with iOS 16 including crash detection, including crash detection on Apple watchenhanced AR/VR capabilities, emergency satellite features, and Quick Notes for the iPhone. We're also likely to see dropped support for the iPhone 6 line. Check out our full article on all the iOS 16 rumors and let us know what you think!

iPadOS 16 Rumors

iPadOS lately has brought us as many, if not more, updates as iOS. There's an extensive list of theories of what we might see, including M1 native apps, floating app windows, interactive widgets and Lock screen widgets, and a possible app redesign. Read all our iPadOS 16 rumors and theories and tell us what you want to see.

MacOS 13: Mammoth?

Many speculate macOS 13 will be called Mammoth after California's Mammoth Lakes ski destination. According to 9to5Mac, Yosemite Research LLC (a shell corporation owned by Apple) renewed its trademark on the name "Mammoth" late last year, which seems to be a pretty good hint that Apple intends to use this name. Some wishlist items we have for MacOS 13 include upgraded widget capabilities, expanded Universal Control, and smooth functioning right from the gate, as the new macOS updates tend to be buggy to begin with. Read our full macOS 13 rumor roundup for more.

WatchOS 9 Is Coming

WatchOS 9 is another one that's hard to predict as rumors are few and far between. Still, many are hoping to see things like a Notes app, a full QWERTY keyboard for more models, and a Health app right on your watch. We have more watchOS rumors and predictions, and would love to hear what you want to see!

What about tvOS 16?

Could split screen come to Apple TV in the new generation of tvOS? Many are hoping so, as this would open big possibilities, especially for sports fans who may want to track two games at once. This lines up well with Apple's new Friday Night Baseball feature, so we could see these capabilities coming our way. Others hope for a real TV app and a Home screen redesign.

A New Mac Pro

In addition to new operating systems, Apple sometimes announces new hardware at WWDC. Having just released a fresh batch of devices in its March event, we may not see another round just yet, but if we do, all eyes are on the next Mac Pro, which was seemingly teased at the end of the "Peek Performance" event in March. The Mac Pro is due for an upgrade to Apple's new in-house processors, and there are rumors of an M2 chip floating around that might find a home in the Mac Pro.

AR/VR Headset

This one may be more of a pipe dream, but if iOS 16 brings enhanced AR/VR support like some suspect it might, we may be in for a headset. Time will tell!

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Amy Spitzfaden Both

Amy Spitzfaden-Both is the Managing Editor for iPhone Life magazine and an award-winning novelist, with over 10 years of experience in the publishing industry. She specializes in Apple news and rumors, health and fitness tech, and parenting in the digital age. She graduated from MIU with a BA in Literature and Writing.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.