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There will be no F8 developer conference in 2022, Meta says

Mark Zuckerberg in front of the Facebook logo
Mark Zuckerberg in front of the Facebook logo (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Meta has confirmed that there will be no F8 developer event this year.
  • There is no word yet on whether the event will return in 2023.

Meta, the parent company behind Facebook, says that it won't be holding its annual F8 developer conference at all this year, let alone in person. The previous two years have both seen an online event held, but 2022 is all about preparing for the meteverse, the company says.

Meta's Diego Duarte Moreira announced the news via a blog post, saying that Meta is "pausing F8 in 2022" while the company continues to "gear up on new initiatives." One of those initiatives is set to be the meterverse.

Similar to years past, we are taking a brief break in programming and will not hold F8 in 2022 while we gear up on new initiatives that are all tailored towards the next chapter of the internet, and the next chapter of our company too: building the metaverse. Similar to the early stages of the web, building the metaverse will be a collaborative effort at every stage – with other companies, creators and developers like you.

The F8 conference has been held for a number of years dating back to when Meta was still called Facebook. In 2022, though, Meta says that people should look to the Conversations event that will take place on May 19. There will also be the Connect event later this year, where Meta will "share the latest on our VR, AR, and metaverse platform offerings."

The news comes days after Apple confirmed that its own Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will kick off on June 6 via an online-only event.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.