In the course of the trial, in the case of Epic Games against Apple, more and more interesting details are revealed about the activities of the American tech giant. So, it became known about Apple’s plans to open a special center for developers at a regular hearing.
According to Bloomberg, former Apple vice president of international marketing, and now an adviser to the company Phil Schiller, as part of his speech at a regular court hearing, said that Apple is working to create a special center for developers. It will be built at the new Apple Park headquarters, where developers can work on their applications and receive support from the company’s specialists. He did not provide any additional information on this matter, so how the Developer Center on the Apple campus will be organized and when it will open is anyone’s guess.
It’s worth noting that Apple already had so-called Developer Compatibility Labs back in the days of Mac OS X, and the new Developer Center may offer similar capabilities. For example, in laboratories, developers could test their software and hardware for compatibility with a wide range of Apple devices. Access to the hardware compatibility lab was $99 per day.
By the way, Apple’s plans for the Developer Center are not the only information Schiller revealed. He also named the amount that Apple spent annually on the Worldwide Developers Conference WWDC. Until 2020, when Apple had to move WWDC online due to the coronavirus pandemic, the conference cost the company approximately $ 50 million a year. But here, it is worth noting that for developers, participation in WWDC has always been paid. The entrance ticket usually costs more than $1,500.