Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC 2022, starts today (June 6) — and it promises a larger-than-usual showcase that could even include hardware. We bring you all the news on our WWDC 2022 live blog, so make sure to follow it for the latest rumors ahead of the event.
The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is an event where Apple executives introduce the next generation of operating systems that power all iPhones, Macs, iPads, Apple Watches and Apple TVs.
Just like previous Apple events, WWDC will be held online. This announcement is basically the starting point when it comes to speculating on what big new features Apple will be adding in 2022.
Not only will Apple reveal the next major features for its new software, but it typically uploads developer betas for each major OS update shortly after the keynote. More stable public betas will come in the following months and weeks, and in the fall, the final versions will be released along with new hardware.
But we could see some new hardware at WWDC 2022, with the 2022 MacBook Air and a possible teaser of the Apple VR/AR headset topping the list.
WWDC 2022 News and Rumors (Updated June 6th)
Dates of WWDC 2022
WWDC 2022 begins today, June 6th, and ends on June 10th. The annual State of the Union keynote and videos premiere today. The keynote is the more high-profile video of the two, while State of the Union is more geared toward developers.
The WWDC 2022 keynote will be the star of the conference. It’s scheduled for today, Monday, June 6, starting at 10am PT, 1pm ET and 6pm BST. We have an overview of how to watch the WWDC 2022 live stream.
The Keynote invite posted above features silhouettes of five people in the colors of the Apple logo, along with the words “Swiftly Approaching.” This is a nod to the Swift programming language, which developers use to create things for Apple’s various software programs.
Apple included an Easter egg on its event website where when you tap the Memojis on the page on your iPad or iPhone, AR cards with different Memojis on them appear. The AR cards could hint at Apple’s focus on mixed reality efforts at this year’s WWDC.
The Apple Design Awards will also be presented during WWDC 2022.
WWDC Announcements: iOS 16
iOS 16 will reportedly get some major upgrades to both the Health app and how notifications are handled on the iPhone (opens in new tab). So says Mark Gurman of Bloomberg (opens in new tab).
iOS 16 will likely share many of its top features with other Apple OS devices, as iOS 15 did. Take Live Text (which lets you select text in images) and SharePlay (which lets users watch a show together or movie remotely); Both features are Apple features as well as iPhone features. In a follow-up report, he also teased new Apple apps for iOS 16. Here’s a roundup of potential iOS 16 features.
iPhone owners often brag about how their iPhones get updates for years. And a leak suggests that the over 6-year-old iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus may not be invited to iOS 16.
iOS 16 could feature mentions of the long-rumored Apple AR/VR headset. While we don’t know what features this would include, official confirmation of the headset would still be big news.
Apple also announced its new Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) offer. Apple Pay Later will be integrated into the Apple Wallet app in iOS 16, allowing users to split any Apple Pay purchase into four equal payments over six weeks.
WWDC Announcements: macOS 13
In recent years, Macs have fitted into the Apple ecosystem more than ever. That’s not only happening with iPad apps that work on Apple Silicon Macs, but with Universal Control, which allows users to use Macs and iPads with the same mouse and keyboard.
Tired of letting every website know you’re not a robot? macOS Ventura and iOS 16 both get automatic verification that allows Apple users to bypass CAPTCHAs on numerous websites. This feature could be a real time saver if rolled out further.
How else will macOS 13 up the ante? We’re not sure, but if there’s a clear pattern, then Apple will continue to give you reasons to stay in the macOS ecosystem.
WWDC Announcements: watchOS 9
When we wrote about watchOS 9, we speculated that you should expect more health and fitness upgrades and integrations with Apple’s HomeKit, Apple Wallet, and Apple Fitness Plus. But what features of watchOS 9 should Apple announce at WWDC 2022?
We really hope that the iPhone’s health app gets a significant presence on the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch already collects a lot of data for this app, so this is a perfect home for it.
An Apple Watch Notes app would also make a lot of sense. Taking notes on the go with Siri and checking the grocery list are two big things some of the TG staff use third-party apps for, and we’re curious as to why Apple hasn’t already done so.
Also, let’s take a break, Apple. Some of us are so committed to keeping our fitness app streaks going that it’s almost stressful. Giving users the ability to take a day off here and there would go a long way towards mental health.
WWDC Announcements: iPadOS 16
This is interesting. Multitasking was improved in iPadOS 15, and widgets were a at last Wait a minute, but many people may have been disappointed by the iPad’s resistance to becoming more Mac-like.
But now that even the iPad Air 2022 has an M1 chip, WWDC 2022 seems like as good a day as ever to announce that iPads can now run Mac apps. Macs Can Run iPad Apps, So What’s the Reason?
The good news is that there’s a rumor that the new multitasking features planned for iPadOS 16 will include resizable windows for a more desktop-like experience. Additionally, connecting a keyboard and mouse could instantly shrink apps, which would feel more like a laptop. In other words, with iPadOS 16, the iPad could finally replace your laptop.
WWDC Announcements: tvOS 16
No rumors have surfaced about what tvOS 16 will offer, but we have two inquiries. First, can Apple add external webcam support to the Apple TV? Without that, FaceTime SharePlay leaves you juggling your Apple devices.
Secondly, bring split view mode from Mac and iPad. Think of it as picture-in-picture, but on steroids. Fubo TV has a multi-stream view and if you speak to a sports fan or anyone trying to follow two or more channels at once, they will tell you that it would be a great boon.
Also, somehow add Find My support to the Apple TV remote.
Hardware: MacBook Air or Apple AR/VR headset?
WWDC and hardware go together like Apple and Epic Games: dreaming of a big product presentation often doesn’t work. That being said, people get their hopes up all the time, and this year there are two devices that we definitely think are possible.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, we could see the launch of a 2022 MacBook Air at WWDC 2022 alongside another Mac. The new 2022 MacBook Air will reportedly be powered by a new M2 chip and come in a variety of bold colors. We’ll have to see what actually comes out at the conference. Read about the top 2022 MacBook Air features we’re expecting.
Then there’s the new Apple Silicon-powered Mac Pro. This powerful new Mac, teased at the end of Apple’s March 2022 event, would likely have many fans in the developer community, making WWDC as good a time as any to give an indication of what what is to come. Again, no one is saying it will happen, but it would be nice.
The Apple VR/AR headset isn’t screaming for a reveal at WWDC 2022, but we have to wonder how much time Apple will give third-party app developers to prepare apps. Recent rumors point to a 2023 release, so we don’t think we’d see the final hardware at WWDC 202, but Apple could very well be teasing the rumored realityOS that would run on the headset. And iO6 16 reportedly has many links to Apple’s upcoming AR/VR headset (opens in new tab).
Additionally, we learned that Apple could file a trademark for realityOS on June 8th, just two days after the start of WWDC 2022. So it’s possible that Apple could give us a preview of its AR/VR headset.
However, Ming-Chi Kuo has downplayed the speculation. The analyst claims that disclosing the headset and its software too soon would give Apple’s competitors the opportunity to create copycat products. The New York Times (opens in new tab) reports that the Apple AR/VR headset won’t be released until 2023, but we could see some AR software news at WWDC 2022. And the Apple headset could receive content from major Hollywood directors like Jon Favreau (opens in new tab).
Meanwhile Mark Gurman (opens in new tab) has said that any WWDC hardware will likely be Mac-oriented. And while a headset isn’t likely, Apple has dropped a WWDC Easter egg in the form of AR Cards, which could hint at their focus on AR.