How to watch and what to expect

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Apple holds a Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) every year, and WWDC 2022 is fast approaching. Here’s how to watch it and what Apple might reveal.

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When is WWDC 2022?

WWDC officially kicks off with Apple Keynote on June 6 at 10 a.m. Pacific Timeor 1 pm Eastern Time (time zone conversion). Apple will also have a ‘Platforms State of the Union’ presentation at 1 pm PT or 4 pm ET (plus time zones). Almost everything will be discussed during the main keynote, while the State of the Union will mostly only cover development-related announcements.

How to watch WWDC 2022 live

As in previous years, there are a few official options to watch WWDC 2022. You can watch it from the Apple Events page or through the company’s YouTube channel. The YouTube version is available below, and if you open it directly on YouTube, you can click the ‘Set Reminder’ button to be notified by YouTube when the stream starts.

Apple will also stream the live stream in the Apple Developer app for iPhone and iPad (you don’t need to be a registered developer to watch the stream) and the TV app on Apple TV. However, YouTube is probably the easiest way to watch the event.

what to expect

Apple rarely reveals new hardware at WWDC, so for now, all we expect the company to reveal at WWDC 2022 is a wave of software updates. That likely includes iOS and iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, and watchOS 9. While the new devices likely won’t be revealed at WWDC, software features could give us a hint of what’s on the way.

Bloomberg reports that iOS/iPadOS 16 will be a “pretty significant update,” with improvements to notifications, multitasking on the iPad, and the Messages and Health apps. The lock screen will reportedly be overhauled with widget-like wallpapers and an always-on mode. Android devices have offered always-on modes for years, which only light a few pixels on the screen to display the clock and other information, but it’s never been available on the iPhone.

The same report mentions that Apple TV will receive more smart home features, while the next macOS update could have a new System Preferences that will be more like the Settings app on iPhone and iPad. Trademark filings indicate that macOS 13 could have the name ‘Mammoth’, possibly based on Mammoth Lakes, California (all recent Mac updates are named after landmarks or regions in California).

While the focus will almost certainly be on the software, there is a small possibility that we may see new hardware. Apple has been working on a new MacBook Air with an M2 chipset, which could appear at WWDC. The company is also reportedly making progress on an AR/VR headset, but it’s not expected to show up at the event.