Google announced today That its annual Google I/O Developers Conference is due on Wednesday, May 11th and Thursday May 12th, almost a month before we’re expecting Apple to hold the annual Worldwide Developers Conference.
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai shared the news this afternoon, and he said the event will be “live from the Shoreline Amphitheater,” with content available online. The wording of his tweet was confusing, but Google has clarified that it will be an online-only event as it has been for the past two years.
The event will have a “limited audience” but will include Googlers, the press and other attendees expected to tune in online.
Update: This is basically online from Coastline. To clarify from Google: The “limited audience” here will be primarily Googlers as well as some participants. Press and others should plan to tune in online. — Ina Fried (@inafried) 16 March 2022
With the decline in COVID cases in California and the lifting of the mask requirement, it’s possible that Google could have chosen to invite some people to attend in person, but the company has opted not to do so, probably because Google. /O usually sees attendees from all over the world.
Google’s decision to hold an online-only event may give us some insight into Apple’s plans. Apple hasn’t announced the dates for the Worldwide Developers Conference, nor has the company said whether this year’s event will feature an in-person element. Apple has been cautious during the global health crisis, so with Google being online only for I/O, we may see Apple opting for an online event as well.
Apple announced the dates for the 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference on March 30 last year, so we can’t wait too long to find out what Apple has in store for WWDC 2022.