Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is slated to begin on June 7th this year. Like rivals Google and Microsoft’s recent developer conferences, WWDC 2021 will be a virtual event this year due to the ongoing global pandemic.
The good news for Apple developers, fans, and followers is that by switching to a virtual showcase, you can watch Apple’s keynote and developer sessions for free, a significant discount on the typical in-person conference ticket worth 1,599 U.S. dollar.
There’s a lot to do this year, so be sure to come back on Monday and check it out.
This is how you see WWDC 2021
WWDC is slated to begin June 7th at 10 a.m. PT, which means those on the east coast can tune in at 1 p.m. ET.
In previous years, Apple had allowed fans to watch its keynote on YouTube, and this year you can watch it again on Apple’s YouTube channel – a link to this year’s livestream is embedded above for your convenience. The best way to get all of Apple’s WWDC news, however, is to follow Apple’s dedicated events page, where the company will also be embedding its livestream for this year’s keynote presentation. Those interested in Apple’s livestream can visit Apple’s special events portal, where you have the option to add the WWDC keynote to your calendar.
The live stream will also be available in Apple’s TV app on Apple hardware and through the Apple Developer website if you are a registered developer.
What to expect at WWDC 2021
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WWDC is usually about Apple software, and this year it won’t be any different. Apple is likely to announce the next operating system revisions for some of its largest platforms, including iOS, iPadOS, macOS, WatchOS, and more.
With these releases, Apple could double its privacy push again after introducing the app tracking transparency feature that debuted on iOS 14. A new privacy menu may appear for iOS 15, along with changes to how notifications are displayed and managed, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The company is also said to be working on an overhaul of its iMessage platform, and its Health app could get the ability to track groceries, which would make it competitive with third-party apps like MyFitnessPal.
On the tablet, iPadOS can bring a significant visual overhaul to the iPad. With iPadOS 15, users can finally put widgets anywhere on the home screen, making it a more versatile desktop for your computing needs.
And for those who need a desktop for their computing needs, the Mac gets a surprising leap in operating system. After maintaining the OS X branding for years, Apple switched to MacOS 11 with the introduction of Big Sur. This year, the platform will be raised to 12. It’s unclear what to expect this year, but unlike the jump to macOS 11 last year, the move to macOS 12 this year could be a minor release, according to Bloomberg.
For Mac owners, however, the big news will be the new hardware. While hardware announcements are rare at Apple’s software-centric developer conference, it is widely rumored that new MacBook Pro models could be featured at this year’s show.
According to rumors, Apple could introduce new MacBook Pro models with 14- and 16-inch displays in the run-up to WWDC. Unlike the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 processor that launched late last year, the new MacBook Pros are expected to feature significant design changes. It has been suggested that with this makeover, Apple could remove the Touch Bar in favor of more traditional function keys, bring back the HDMI and MagSafe charging ports, and re-introduce an SD card reader.
According to Bloomberg, a new, revised M1X processor could serve as the drive for the new laptops, which has a heterogeneous 10-core processor design with eight high-performance and two highly efficient cores and integrated graphics with either 16 or 32 GPU cores.