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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 will take place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center between June 5th and 9th.
The week sees app developers from across the world attend the conference which is intended to show what new features developers will be able to use in their apps once iOS is refreshed for consumers in September.
The highlight of the event is the opening keynote, during which Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a new iteration of iOS – this year, iOS 11 is expected. It’s an important event for Apple users as well, because they learn what new features will be winging their way to them in the next few months.
Apple also might use the keynote to announce other minor product upgrades and news. It’s expected that macOS 10.13 will be unveiled as well, alongside refreshes to tvOS and watchOS.
The biggest shift for Apple this year is in location. Historically, Apple holds the event in San Francisco, but this year it’s moved WWDC to San Jose. Apple hasn’t said why, but SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller told The Loop that the new venue is around the same size as the Moscone Center, which was used previously. However, San Jose is closer to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino. Apple hasn’t held WWDC in San Jose during the iPhone’s existence – the last time was in 2002, a year after the launch of the iPod.
Apple will welcome around 5,000 developers and 1,000 Apple engineers to convene over the week.
Developers will begin registering for places from March 27. Apple holds a public lottery for tickets due to demand.
All sessions, and the keynote, will be live-streamed and available in video-form afterwards for all.
So far, there have been few rumors as to what iOS 11 may include, especially compared to what’s been leaked around the iPhone 8. However, as software is produced in-house by Apple, there aren’t supply chain holes for information to leak.
Many often speculate on what might be in store by analyzing the accompanying announcement graphic. This year’s, seen above, features numerous individuals milling around, and making the outline shape of the Apple logo towards the center. It doesn’t give much away regarding new announcements, but we’d say because of the way various individuals are grouped, holding hands and interacting, it’s a nod towards collaboration through diversity. It’s a subject Tim Cook highlighted recently when sending a memo to Apple staff.