Apple announces date for virtual WWDC 2021


Apple has announced the date for this year’s virtual WWDC event (Apple)

Apple has confirmed that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place entirely online for a second consecutive year.

Set to run between June 7 and 11, the event is traditionally a week-long gathering of developers to see upcoming Apple software updates for all its devices ahead of public release.

That includes Apple’s iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS software which powers the likes of the iPhone and Apple’s other hardware products, with the announcements made in front of several thousand in attendance.

Last year, Apple moved the event entirely online for the first time in response to the coronavirus pandemic – something it continued for its other events in the second half of 2020, including the launch of the iPhone 12.

‘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, 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.’

New hardware?

A customer looks at iPhone 11 models in an Apple Store in Tokyo (Getty)

While WWDC is focused on software, there are occasionally some new hardware announcements mixed in.

These usually amount to iterative updates, rather than fully-fledged new products.

Still, there have been rumours online that Apple is preparing a new iPad Pro, an updated iPhone SE and even a ruggedised version of the Apple Watch for outdoor enthusiasts.

Finally, some have suggested Apple could reveal a new version of the AirPods and it’s long-rumoured Bluetooth tracker devices tentatively called AirTags.

Apple itself has made no mention of new hardware at this point, so whether these do get a showing at WWDC or merit a dedicated hardware event of their own remains to be seen.


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