So it turns out that some lucky Apple developers will get to see WWDC 2022 in person, sort of.
This week, registration opened for a limited number of slots for developers from around the world to attend an in-person event at Apple Park in California during the June 6 event where they'll watch the prerecorded keynote along with other Apple engineers and staff. Due to Covid safety protocols, the number of attendees is limited and the selection from a pool of candidates is entirely random, according to 9to5 Mac (opens in new tab).
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Accoding to Apple (opens in new tab): "We’re hosting a special all-day experience at Apple Park on June 6 to kick off WWDC22. Gather with others in the developer community to watch the keynote and Platforms State of the Union videos alongside Apple engineers and experts, explore the all-new Developer Center, and so much more. We can’t wait to connect in person.
"This celebration marks the start of an inspiring week of sessions, labs, and lounges — all online and with more activities than ever."
Analysis: Getting there...
While we're pretty certain that Apple was hoping to hold a fully in-person WWDC 2022, it understandably held off considering we're still dealing with a pandemic –
especially in the US where the total number of Covid death passed the 1 million mark this month.
Still, in-person events are starting to show signs of returning to something approaching normal, even if we may never fully go back to the carefree pre-pandemic days where 100,000 people crammed into a relatively tiny convention center.
But we're getting there. Whether that is a good or bad thing remains to be seen, but we're getting there, nonetheless.