In an announcement just made, Apple has confirmed the dates for the 28th annual Worldwide Developers Conference 2017, to be held in San Jose, California, this year from June 5 to June 9. The keynote presentation will take place at 10 a.m Pacific Time and 1 p.m Eastern Time, at the McEnery Convention Center.
The dates were previously announced earlier this year in February, as Apple traditionally holds its WWDC in the summer. This year, the Conference has shifted from San Francisco to its original home, San Jose, and it is to accommodate this venue change that Apple has been working on a tighter time-frame this year. Registrations for coveted WWDC spots started on March 27, and Apple has been reported to be working with local businesses “for very special experiences” around the city for the developers and engineers attending.
The first WWDC was held at San Jose in 1990, and the last time it was held there was when late Apple CEO Steve Jobs held a mock funeral for Mac OS 9, complete with a casket and flowers on stage, and announced Mac OS X 10.2 and QuickTime 6.
After the keynote, WWDC will run through June 9 for the rest of the events, and like every year, it is reported that the headlining announcements will be software updates for the major operating systems that Apple runs, including iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4. Moreover, a new Siri-powered central speaker along the lines of Amazon Echo is also rumored to be in the works, and could be launched at the conference this year.
Some of the changes reportedly coming to the next major iOS update are FaceTime video calls that allows up to 5 users at a time, peer-to-peer payments using Apple Pay through iMessage, and the introduction of FaceTime Audio as the default voice call service for all calls placed between iPhones.