Each year Apple hosts a week-long event for the development community called WWDC. It is where they, from all over the world, come together to learn how to take advantage of new tools across Apple’s platforms.
This year, the event will officially kick off from June 4th and continue through until June 8th, 2018. It will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, USA.
The conference provides the opportunity to learn and understand how you can make apps and more across a range of Apple’s platforms. This includes:
iOS on iPhone and iPad
watchOS on Apple Watch
tvOS on Apple TV
macOS on Mac computers
Further to these platforms is a large number of developer API’s. These include SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, GymKit, MusicKit, ResearchKit, and Core ML. All of these tools give developers a way to make apps and more take advantage of the technology and features of a range of Apple’s products.
For example, HomeKit, allows Home Automation products to take advantage of Apple’s Home Automation technology built into iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and even HomePod.
Due to the popularity of the event, tickets are issued by a random selection. Developers have until March 22nd, 10 am PDT to apply for a ticket at the WWDC website. They will then be notified at a later date as to whether they have been successful or not. Tickets will cost 1599 USD each.
Apple is also allowing students to apply for tickets. Up to 350 WWDC Student Scholarships will be available this year. This gives students the opportunity to get a free ticket.
The conference will kick off with a keynote, as is the case each year. iOS 12, watchOS 5, and a future macOS are all expected to be announced during the keynote.
Last year, Apple revealed new MacBooks, iMacs, and more. In addition, they surprised us by previewing the iMac Pro, and HomePod, a wireless speaker for your home. All of which have since been made available for purchase from their online store.