After kicking off the annual WWDC excitement storm by officially announcing that the annual developer conference would take place from June 13th to June 17th, Apple has now once again fueled the “Dub Dub” fire by sending out official press invites for its WWDC 2016 opening keynote address which will be held at 10AM Pacific Time, or 1PM Eastern Time.
Apple is taking a slight different approach for this year’s opening WWDC keynote presentation. The Cupertino-based company normally uses the Moscone West arena for the whole WWDC week, save the closing ceremony bash. That would typically include first-day registrations, the opening keynote, and all of the workshops and engineer experiences.
This time around, Apple is splitting up the conference by hosting developers and the press at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for the keynote and all other day 1 activities. Attendees of WWDC will then migrate across to the more familiar territory of Moscone West from day 2 onwards for workshops, sessions and labs.
After the engineering sessions and workshops have ended, Apple will once again ask attendees to head back over to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for the WWDC Bash on the last day. Typically, this is held at Yerba Buena Gardens, but it seems that Apple is looking to mix things up this time around. As for the conference itself, apart from the usual assistance of developers with engineering and app development problems during workshops, Tim Cook and his executive team are expected to make some next-generation software announcements as part of the opening keynote.
Those announcements are likely to focus on the next major iterations of firmware for its iPhone/iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV platforms. That will include an initial look at iOS 10, which is rumored to contain a redesigned Apple Music app with an improved user-experience and support for song lyrics, among other things. Apple is also expected to introduce OS X 10.12 with a focus on the introduction of Siri for Mac, along with the release of the Siri SDK which will enable third-party developers to introduce advanced voice services into app experiences.
We’ll have to wait to see if we are lucky enough to have any hardware-based announcements, but now that we are actually into WWDC month, there really isn’t that long to wait.
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