Apple said in a company blog post Tuesday (April 5) that it plans to host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in an online format this June.
The conference, which is free for developers, will showcase the new innovations in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. It will also reportedly offer developers access to Apple engineers and tech, which will aid them in making their own apps and interactive features.
The blog noted that this year, the program will come with “more information sessions, more cutting-edge learning labs, more digital lounges to engage with attendees, and more localized content to make WWDC22 a truly global event.”
Additionally, there will be a day for developers and students at Apple Park to watch the keynote and State of the Union videos together, which will happen on June 6.
“At its heart, WWDC has always been a forum to create connection and build community,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of worldwide developer relations and enterprise and education marketing. “In that spirit, WWDC22 invites developers from around the world to come together to explore how to bring their best ideas to life and push the envelope of what’s possible.
“We love connecting with our developers, and we hope all of our participants come away feeling energized by their experience.”
PYMNTS wrote that while Apple has plans to develop its own payment processing system, it might run afoul of the European Digital Markets Act (DMA), which was recently approved.
Apple has reportedly set plans in motion to bring some of its services more in-house, as opposed to using third parties. However, the DMA will involve new obligations and restrictions on gatekeepers – primarily Big Tech firms — by the end of the year.
Some of the rules will make it so Apple has to provide access for third parties to alternate payment methods in its App Store, and to share more information with app developers or other such things.