Apple surveys developers on in-person vs virtual events as WWDC 2021 wraps up


The past two WWDC events have been completely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As WWDC 2021 begins to wrap up, Apple is now surveying developers on their preferences between in-person and virtual events, labs, sessions, and more.

Apple surveys developers after WWDC each year, and this time there is a specific focus on in-person versus virtual events. As first noted by developer Julian Schiavo on Twitter, this year’s WWDC 2021 survey asks: “How likely would you be to attend an in person conference after experiencing an all-online event?” The options are:

  • Very likely
  • Somewhat likely
  • Neither likely nor unlikely
  • Somewhat unlikely
  • Very unlikely

A follow up question asks whether developers would prefer to participate in the following events in person or online:

  • Daily Challenges
  • Technology Labs
  • Design Labs
  • Sessions
  • Platforms Statue of the Union
  • App Review & App Store Labs
  • Apple Design Awards
  • Guest Speakers and Developer Spotlights

While Apple is almost certainly returning to in-person events in some capacity in the future, there is no timeline for such a return. Furthermore, as we’ve detailed in the past, it’s likely that the best compromise for the company is a hybrid approach. Having in-person and online components to WWDC in the future would allow Apple to keep making the event more accessible to those around the world, while offering an in-person component for those who are willing and able to attend.

What do you think about the future of Apple events? Do you anticipate the company will return to in-person events as quickly as possible? Let us know down in the comments!

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