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It’s game day: On the ground at Apple Park [WWDC22 live blog]

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Apple is hosting a limited event at Apple Park for WWDC22.
Apple is hosting a limited event at Apple Park for WWDC22.
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CUPERTINO, California — Apple is rolling out the red carpet for those lucky enough to attend its special day for developers at Apple Park on Monday. I am one of a handful of developers who will get to watch the WWDC22 keynote and Platforms State of the Union videos today “alongside Apple engineers and experts” here.

WWDC22 @ Apple Park: Live blog

A member of the Apple Developer Program, I was picked at random to attend this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in person. Anyone can watch the live-streamed WWDC22 keynote. (Interested? Read: “How to watch Apple’s big WWDC22 keynote.”)

And any Apple fan ought to be interested. Apple will lay out its future plans for all its software platforms during Monday’s keynote. (If you don’t mind spoilers, read: “What to expect from iOS 16, macOS 13, iPadOS 16 and watchOS 9 at WWDC22.”)

Note: We initially published this on June 5. We will update it throughout the day.

June 6, 2022 5:31 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

That is all! Thank you for reading my live blog and for following Cult of Mac.

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June 6, 2022 5:18 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

The Apple Design Awards, the last event of the day, is over. Attendees will mingle around for a bit for last minute photos and head out.

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June 6, 2022 5:00 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

As winners are announced, the awards are handed off on stage and winners get photos with Dye and Dong.

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June 6, 2022 4:46 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

Halide Mark II and Headspace get similar excited reactions.

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June 6, 2022 4:43 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

The Procreate design prototyping app gets a big whoop from the crowd.

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June 6, 2022 4:38 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

Laughs from the audience as a video plays with interviews from developers talking about philosophy and pitfalls in design.

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June 6, 2022 4:36 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

Alan Dye and Linda Dong are here to introduce the finalists.

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June 6, 2022 4:28 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

The Apple Design Awards start in a few minutes.

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June 6, 2022 3:39 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

Until the Apple Design Awards begin later this afternoon, attendees can speak to engineers during Meet the Teams on the courtyard.

Engineers are grouped by their project to take questions.

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June 6, 2022 3:00 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

Close-up of the walls in the stair well. The tiny holes absorb sound to reduce echo.

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June 6, 2022 2:56 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

The iconic Rainbow Stage was not part of the original plan; it was constructed for a Lady Gaga concert.

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June 6, 2022 2:52 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

Inside the courtyard from the third floor. There are two orchards with over 400 trees. The vegetation is all local to California and uses a recycled water irrigation system.

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June 6, 2022 2:48 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

To curb damage from earthquakes, the entire building is constructed two feet into the ground on top of shock-absorbing base isolators which can allow the building to shake up to four feet in any direction.

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June 6, 2022 2:46 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

Views from the third floor

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June 6, 2022 2:39 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

The glass doors to the cafe are 90 feet wide and 50 feet tall. The motors can open the doors at a volume of under 40 decibels.

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June 6, 2022 2:35 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

I’m currently awaiting the tour of Caffè Macs.

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June 6, 2022 2:10 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

The Developer State of the Union is over.

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June 6, 2022 1:59 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

A bunch of Apple engineers just left the audience.

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June 6, 2022 1:59 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

This is the coffee machine, powered by an iPad, in Apple Park. The coffee is served very hot.

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June 6, 2022 1:45 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

Biggest applause yet for the demo of Passkeys. Frankly, it deserves it.

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June 6, 2022 1:29 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

No reaction from the crowd, but I am personally ecstatic about MenuBarExtra in SwiftUI.

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June 6, 2022 1:21 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

Great deal of excitement in the room for Swift Charts.

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June 6, 2022 1:14 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

I am sitting next to an engineer who also enjoys sorting imports by length. He was the only one to clap for this demo of the lint plugin.

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June 6, 2022 1:08 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

Scattered, but hesitant, applause for the regular expression literal type.

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June 6, 2022 12:59 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

The Developer State of the Union has begun. I am watching from inside the building.

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June 6, 2022 12:51 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

I briefly chatted to an engineer who worked on multi-window support on iPad. It is exclusive to M1 iPads due to the number of simultaneous apps Stage Manager supports.

While the grabber appears on one corner of the app at a time, you can resize from any corner.

When asked how long this has taken to implement, they said, “a while. A long while.”

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June 6, 2022 12:41 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

The pizza, pictured here partially consumed, does not come in the patented Apple single-serving pizza box.

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June 6, 2022 12:14 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

Lunch is served. This is a salad and the Thai curry. The curry is marked as spicy, but I barely taste any heat. The soda is not a twistable cap, which I did not realize for an embarrassingly long time.

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June 6, 2022 11:49 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

That’s all! No Tim nor Craig at the end. Everyone migrates back inside.

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June 6, 2022 11:31 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

A large bug is flying around in front of the screen.

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June 6, 2022 11:24 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

The subtitles at the bottom of the picture were a bit hard to read. People in the audience craned and leaned over to read.

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June 6, 2022 11:03 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

Audience reaction to the MacBook Air:

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June 6, 2022 10:38 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

Biggest applause award now goes to next-generation CarPlay. I could hear the crowd inside the Caffè clapping, too.

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June 6, 2022 10:31 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

Big applause for Safety Check.

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June 6, 2022 10:19 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

“Apple Pay Later” got a big laugh.

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June 6, 2022 10:10 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

The biggest cheer (second only to Tim and Craig) for editing, undoing, and unreading Messages.

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June 6, 2022 10:08 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

Not one cheer for big album art. I am disappointed in you all.

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June 6, 2022 10:07 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

The astronomy wallpaper got a big WOAH!

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June 6, 2022 10:04 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

The crowd goes wild over the new Lock Screen.

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June 6, 2022 10:04 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

No mixed live/prerecorded video yet. The video is playing as-is on the screen.

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June 6, 2022 10:01 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

Craig spoke briefly before the live stream started.

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June 6, 2022 9:58 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

Tim came on stage to speak and introduce Craig.

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June 6, 2022 9:57 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

Drone getting in position.

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June 6, 2022 9:45 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

Announcement was made that the event will start in ten minutes. Something may be happening at 9:55 before the live stream.

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June 6, 2022 9:38 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

The video screens have started playing. The live stream should start soon.

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June 6, 2022 9:36 am PDT Lewis Wallace

The camera crews are in place at Apple Park.

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June 6, 2022 9:16 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

A lot of Apple engineers are here with me in the audience, too.

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June 6, 2022 9:09 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

The screen outside has a stage and several cameras getting ready. The event will be at least partially live.

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June 6, 2022 8:43 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

It appears the Keynote will play on several video screens in and around the Caffè, not at the Rainbow stage as speculated.

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June 6, 2022 8:28 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

Breakfast is served!

The avocado toast was surprisingly not very good. The bread was chewy and the avocado was unseasoned.

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June 6, 2022 8:15 am PDT D. Griffin Jones
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June 5, 2022 3:29 pm PDT Lewis Wallace

This is an interesting artifact from WWDC20, which went virtual due to COVID-19.

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June 5, 2022 2:30 pm PDT Lewis Wallace

Meanwhile, unreleased Apple products are showing up on retailer websites. Could be a glitch — or we could get hardware at this WWDC.

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June 5, 2022 1:29 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

When you go to the second floor of the Visitor’s Center, an employee will tell you exactly where to stand to find another Easter egg, a fun optical illusion caused by the design of the sun shade:

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June 5, 2022 1:23 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

Here is the swag WWDC22 attendees receive. No jackets, but there is still another day tomorrow! 🤞

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June 5, 2022 1:10 pm PDT D. Griffin Jones

Today, developers can check-in to get a tour of Apple’s Developer Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here is a Twitter thread with pictures and video of the tour. And yes, it starts with some truly excellent doughnuts.

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May 25, 2022 10:48 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

Between the two streamed events in the afternoon and evening—Platforms State of the Union and Apple Design Awards, 2:30 – 4:30 PM, attendees can “get to know some of the engineers, designers, and experts behind Apple’s software and services” in a Meet the Teams event. Attendees can also pick from one of three half-hour tours of the campus: Apple Park Hills, Fitness Center Area and Caffè Macs.

The Apple Park Hills tour is already fully booked.

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May 25, 2022 10:26 am PDT D. Griffin Jones

Apple has sent invited developers the menu for the day, which includes “smoked salmon and caviar bagel,” “barbeque brisket,” “chicken tikki masala” and “carne asada burrito” among others.

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