Hey, Siri, mark your calendar! Apple will be holding its annual WWDC 2021 in June 7-11, 2021. This year’s event is being held as another online-only affair same as last year instead of returning to live venues.
An update to the Apple Developer website advises it will be taking place, starting on June 7. As usual, Apple offers minimal clues about the content it expects to unveil during the show, with graphics offering no real hints to work with.
“We love bringing our developers together each year at WWDC to learn about our latest technologies and to connect them with Apple engineers,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise and Education Marketing. “We are working to make WWDC21 our biggest and best yet, and are excited to offer Apple developers new tools to support them as they create apps that change the way we live, work, and play.”
Following on from the WWDC 2020 event, which was a virtual event instead of one featuring in-person attendance due to COVID-19, WWDC 2021 will be following the same structure. Instead of requiring attendees apply for tickets to attend in person, the event will be free for anyone to watch and participate in.
The keynote address will most likely be a pre-recorded video stream once more, rather than Cook and other executives speaking live on stage to an audience. As 2020’s announcement-dense video showed, the keynote for 2021 will still be a major event for people to watch, to see where Apple is headed with its product ecosystem. Stay tuned as we bring you the latest update to the most awaited software event of the year.
This year we look forward to hearing the latest updates on iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, watchOS 8, and the next update to macOS.
Away from the video session streams, Apple embraced its app and online platforms in 2020 to provide as much information to developers about inbound changes as possible. It is probable that Apple will offer a similar level of access to event participants for 2021.
We expect Apple to focus on its software platforms at WWDC this year. This will include announcements for the much awaited updates to its software line. iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS 12, and tvOS 15 will all be previewed in the event with the developer betas launching after.
Developers found that WWDC 2020 was both a blessing and a curse. The lower cost to take part was beneficial, as well as a reduced level of stress, but the lack of sociability and reduced access compared to in-person versions was perceived as problematic.
Apple produced 72 hours of video content for WWDC 2020, which was viewed by 22 million people. Apple CEO Tim Cook called it “a new standard for what online events can achieve” during a later earnings call.
Among Apple’s WWDC 2020 announcements was its plan to move over to Apple Silicon within two years, as well as the introduction of Developer Transition Kits. Apple also introduced iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, watchOS 7, and macOS Big Sur during the event.