Likely to be held from June 4 to June 8.
At a Glance
- WWDC is Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference where developers can attend sessions and meet with over 1,000 Apple engineers. The event will include a first-day keynote where Apple will introduce upcoming software and new hardware. The 2018 conference is likely to be held on June 4–8 in San Jose, California.
- iOS 12
- macOS 10.14
- Cross-platform iOS/macOS apps
- watchOS 5
- tvOS 12
Worldwide Developers Conference - 2018
Every year, Apple holds an annual Worldwide Developers Conference near its Cupertino campus in California to give thousands of developers from around the world a chance to meet up with Apple engineers and attend valuable workshops and software development sessions.
For well over a decade, Apple held WWDC at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, but starting with 2017, the company moved to the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, where we also expect this year's conference to be held.
Apple kicks off each conference with a keynote on the first day, where the company makes major announcements and sets the stage for the rest of the week. Keynote events typically offer a look at some upcoming products and provide the first details on new operating systems.
In 2018, we're expecting to see new versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS for sure, and as the date of the conference approaches, we'll likely hear more about what to expect at WWDC.
Details about macOS 10.14 and iOS 12 have already been leaking, and there are some major changes in store. Apple plans to introduce universal apps that will work across its Mac and iOS devices, a major shift from the separate app development SDKs it uses now.
Apple did pull some features from iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 to focus more attention on performance improvements, bug fixes, and quality, but iOS 12 is expected to offer several new features like Animoji for FaceTime, multi-person support for AR games, improvements to Do Not Disturb, and more.
Apple has not yet announced dates for WWDC 2018, but by looking at the schedule for the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, we can extrapolate when the event is likely to take place. Apple almost always holds WWDC in June, with the conference taking place during the first or second full week of June for the past 10 years.
As it turns out, the McEnery Convention Center is booked for much of June with conferences for different companies, leaving only June 4 to June 8 as a free week. Apple's event is large enough that it often requires the entire Convention Center, and Apple events are never pre-announced by the venue.
Apple last year announced its WWDC dates early due to the change in venue, but if the company follows a more typical schedule, we should hear official word on WWDC dates in April.
Due to overwhelming demand and the sheer number of App Store developers, Apple offers tickets to WWDC via a lottery system. Prospective attendees enter a lottery and can only attend WWDC if they are awarded a ticket.
For the past several years, tickets to WWDC have been priced at $1,599 each.
Apple also offers WWDC scholarships with free tickets and accommodations to students and STEM organizations around the world. Last year, scholarship applicants were asked to submit an interactive scene in Swift Playgrounds, with the best projects winning a ticket. Apple will likely have similar requirements for this year's available scholarships.
Expected Software Announcements
Cross-platform functionality may be the biggest change Apple will introduce in iOS 12 and macOS 10.14. The iOS 12 update, when paired with macOS 10.14, will allow developers to design a single app that will work on iPhones, iPads, and Macs, a major shift from the separate Mac and iOS apps available today.
iOS 12 is also expected to bring new Animoji for the iPhone X, along with Animoji integration into FaceTime, allowing iPhone X users to chat with friends and loved ones using Animoji characters.
A redesigned Stocks app, deeper Siri integration in iOS, an enhanced version of Do Not Disturb with more options, improved parental controls, and improvements to augmented reality features are also expected in iOS 12.
Several features, such as a redesigned Home screen, a revamped Photos app, and multitasking improvements were originally slated for iOS 12 but have been pushed back to allow Apple to focus on under-the-hood improvements to cut down on bugs and other issues.
For more information on what to expect in iOS 12, make sure to check out our iOS 12 roundup.
Aside from cross-platform compatibility, which will allow iOS apps to run on the Mac for the first time, we don't know what other features might come in macOS 10.14.
Universal iOS and Mac apps will greatly increase the number of available apps on Macs, though, and it could even mean that Apple will bring some of its iOS only apps, like Home, to the Mac.
For more information on what to expect in macOS 10.14, make sure to check out our macOS 10.14 roundup.
watchOS 5 and tvOS 12
New versions of macOS and iOS are always accompanied by updated versions of watchOS and tvOS, but we don't know what to expect from watchOS 5 and tvOS 12, both of which are expected to make a first appearance at WWDC.
At WWDC 2017, Apple made the following software and hardware announcements:
At WWDC 2016, Apple made the following announcements:
At WWDC 2015, Apple unveiled the following services and software:
At WWDC 2014, Apple unveiled the following services and software:
2012's event saw the introduction of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, iOS 6 and its standalone Maps app, OS X Mountain Lion, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air updates, and a redesigned AirPort Express.