WWDC 2021 Overview Updated April 6, 2021

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WWDC is Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. It serves as Apple’s yearly event to announce new software platforms and features to developers. Read on for what to expect at WWDC 2021 this year, which is held from June 7 through June 11.

WWDC 2021: Virtual event

WWDC 2021 will be held as an all-virtual event this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year, WWDC will include keynote and State of the Union events, online sessions, 1:1 labs for developers, and new ways for developers to interact with Apple engineers and designers.

Apple also says that, even though WWDC will take place virtually this year, it is committing $1 million to SJ Aspires, an education and equity initiative launched by the City of San Jose. This is part of Apple’s to help support the San Jose economy, where WWDC is usually held, even though the event is virtual.

The tagline for this year’s WWDC is “Glow and Behold” and the artwork plays on the Craig Federighi meme that went viral from last fall’s M1 Mac event. It could also provide a hint at expectations for an AR/VR announcement.

Last year, Apple held WWDC completely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plans were announced in March, and WWDC proceeded without a hitch in June. The all-virtual WWDC was widely praised for making the conference more inclusive for everyone, even those who don’t traditionally make it to the in-person event.

In fact, Tim Cook touted that WWDC 2020 drew 22 million viewers across all of Apple’s streams. Apple was able to put together 72 hours of video content for developers and hold 4,500 person-to-person labs.

When will WWDC 2021 take place?

WWDC 2021 will be held from June 7 through June 11. The event will likely get started on June 7 with a keynote address from Tim Cook and other Apple executives and developers. Throughout the rest of the week, Apple will hold its annual State of the Union presentation, present the Apple Design Awards, and offer ways for developers to connect with Apple engineers.

What will Apple announce at WWDC?

Every year at WWDC, Apple previews what to expect from its different software platforms. This year, we expect iOS 15, watchOS 8, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and macOS 12.

Apple will announce these software versions at WWDC and immediately make a developer beta available. A public beta is likely to follow sometime later in the summer, followed by a general release in the fall.

New hardware is not out of the question for WWDC 2021, particularly as the Mac continues to transition to Apple Silicon. We’ll have to wait for the actual event to know for sure. Apple is also rumored to be developing a mixed-reality headset that could come as soon as 2022, and it’s possible that Apple teases this product at WWDC this year given that it will need developers to create apps and games for the headset.

Apple itself has only promised that WWDC 2021 “will offer unique insight into the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS.”

WWDC 2021 Stories April 13

Following the announcement of Apple’s April 20 event, the company has added a new hashflag to Twitter. When you tweet the hashtag #AppleEvent, Twitter will display a mini version of the rainbow curly Apple logo depicted in the event’s invitation.

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WWDC 2021 Stories March 31

Apple yesterday announced that for the second year running its Worldwide Developers Conference will be a virtual event – and I think this has implications for the future of WWDC.

While the Cupertino company is a great fan of in-person interactions, the online event definitely offers significant benefits …

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WWDC 2021 Stories March 30

The WWDC 2021 has been announced for June 7. As we’ve detailed before, this Worldwide Developers Conference is going to be again an all-online event and we can expect to learn more about Apple’s latest software.

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This morning, Apple finally announced WWDC 2021, taking place the week of June 7 in an all-online format just like last year. Apple’s artwork for this year’s conference features some gorgeous 3D Memoji designs inspired by the Craig Federighi meme that came out of last year’s Apple Silicon on the Mac introduction. We created some fun new wallpapers for iPhone and new watch faces for Apple Watch to celebrate the announcement. You can download them below!

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After officially announcing WWDC 2021, Apple has also rolled out a major update to the Apple Developer application. The new update includes a redesigned Discover tab, sidebar support on iPad, and much more.

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Along with officially announcing WWDC 2021 today, Apple has announced and opened its annual Swift Student Challenge. Prizes this year will include exclusive WWDC outerwear, customized pin set, and membership to the Apple Developer Program.

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