Update: Apple has nearly finished the large outdoor white logo on Moscone West building and is also hanging ASCII-art theme banners on the opposite street at the Metreon. More photos below.

Apple has started decorating its venues for WWDC 2016, which kicks off on Monday, with workers starting to apply a massive Apple logo onto the side of Moscone West. Apple will use Moscone West for all of the week apart from Monday; the WWDC keynote will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Apple usually puts up banners teasing the announcements in the theme of the invites to build excitement for the show, often revealing tidbits about the new software OS’s. Apple has put a small logo up at Bill Graham but due to the split venue (and late scheduling), there’s a chance the banners tradition will not continue this year until after the Monday keynote at 10 AM …

The Moscone West venue is the typical location for banners, likely to follow soon after the Apple logo display is complete. Visitors to the site say that workers are preparing things on the ground but nothing has been hung yet and work on the exterior Apple logo has only just started.

In keeping with previous years, expect banners to go up eventually which tease Apple’s new flagship operating systems, including iOS 10 and OS X 10.12. We’ll keep the post updated with anything new as it happens, of course. There’s a chance these will remain under black curtains until after the opening keynote.


WWDC begins on Monday at 10 AM; Apple is expected to talk about various new features spanning four new operating systems; iOS 10 for iPhone and iPad, OS X 10.12 (macOS) for Macs, tvOS for Apple TV and watchOS for Apple Watch. Catch up on the latest news in our roundup. Keep tuned to 9to5Mac as we bring live coverage of everything from WWDC throughout next week.


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