keynote date, program, news, everything you need to know

The annual Apple WWDC 2021 developer conference is being held this year from June 7 to 11, which is just a few days away. Traditionally, this conference has focused on new software, although there are rare occasions when some new hardware is also mentioned. Between the abandonment of Intel and the arrival of Apple Glass, it is not impossible that this year will be a little out of the ordinary. In this file, we take stock of everything we know at this stage about the event.

Apple has held an annual developer conference called WWDC (Apple Worldwide Developers Conference) every year since 1987. The aim of this conference is traditionally to evangelize the developers of the ecosystem to the novelties which will have an impact on the development of their applications. Thus the emphasis is generally on the software rather than the hardware. It is usually on this date that Apple unveils major new versions of macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and tvOS, as well as its latest applications and new services.

But it should nevertheless be noted that in some years there are also some material announcements. In 2009 for example, Apple used WWDC to unveil new MacBook Pros and an iPhone 3GS. In 2013, Apple unveiled improved am versions of several products like the Mac Pro, Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, and MacBook Air. In 2017, there were new iMacs, MacBooks, and Macbook Pros, along with the new iMac Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and the first-gen HomePod. In 2019 we discovered the Apple Pro Display XDR screen as well as the 3rd generation Mac Pro.

As recently as last year, Apple launched a prototype Mac Mini ARM at its WWDC conference. You will understand, at Apple, there is a chance that this conference will be the occasion for some material announcements, especially since we are still in the year of transition to M1 processors and Apple has a lot of projects. under the elbow we’ve been talking about for some time. Participants normally pay full price ($ 1,599) to attend the event as there are many workshops taking place. However this year, like last year, WWDC 2021 will be held exclusively online, COVID-19 requires.

Apple organizes like every year a keynote broadcast live. It is during this keynote that we are generally entitled to the most important announcements. This year, it will take place on Monday June 7 at 7 p.m. (Paris). Apple will broadcast the event live on its official website, via the Apple TV app as well as on YouTube. The live video is already ready: you can return to this folder to watch the event live or set an alarm to make sure you don’t miss the date.

When will WWDC 2021 take place and what is the program?

WWDC 2021 date

This year the 23rd Worldwide Developers Conference will be held from June 7 to 11, 2021. The introductory keynote will be held on June 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. KST. This will be the most interesting and mainstream conference. A few hours later, Apple organized a State of the Union conference, more specific for developers. On June 10, Apple will also announce the winners of the Apple Design Awards, the competition that showcases the best apps in the App Store. Here is the precise program:

  • June 7, 2021 at 7 p.m. (Paris) : introductory keynote with probably the most important announcements
  • June 7, 2021 at 11 p.m. (Paris) : State of the Union keynote more technical on developers. This year this conference could be interesting all the same given the Epic Games vs Apple affair and the questioning of the model of levying a commission of 30% on the App Store.
  • June 10, 2021 : Apple will announce the winners of the Apple Design Awards

As WWDC 2021 remains virtual, Apple does not charge for conference access – the ticket normally costs $ 1,599. Developers will however have free access to most conferences and workshops that usually justify the trip and pay a high price. More than 200 sessions will allow you to deepen the technical announcements of the firm, with videos to which developers can refer thereafter. Apple also offers to make an appointment for one-on-one sessions called “lab Appointment”, to give advice on interface design, or around the publication of applications on the App Store.

Apple also offers to connect with over a thousand Apple engineers through the Apple Developer Forums. Games and competitions will also be organized throughout the week, and the firm promises many goodies accessible via the app Apple Developer.

WWDC 2021: what will be the announcements and news?

WWDC 2021 news

This year’s theme for WWDC 2021 is “Glow and Behold”, a pun on the expression “Lo and behold” that we can translate in this context by “Admire”, by distorting the first word “Lo” in “Glow” which means “shine”. We already understand that Apple has every intention of giving us plenty of eyes (and we hope that it will not be glitter ^^). Here are the announcements we expect:

iOS 15

Every year Apple unveils a new version of iOS. We therefore expect the arrival of iOS 15, even if, it must be said, the indiscretions have not been very numerous since 2020. iMessage should in the process benefit from some improvements, just to hamper WhatsApp and keep iPhone users in its rich SMS applications. Apple should also return to the charge on the Private life with a menu that shows which apps are collecting your data in the background. Apple should respond to Google, which is starting to follow Apple on privacy in Android 12. Notifications should be enhanced with more artificial intelligence to show you only those that are relevant to the context. In the health functions, the Food tracking should land.

iPadOS 15

Apple should strengthen the offer of Widgets and allow them to be organized more freely on the home screen.

macOS 12

Apple is expected to leave Big Sur in the rearview mirror for a new version of macOS, presumably called macOS 12. So far almost no information has been leaked. We are therefore eager to learn more from an official source.

watchOS 8

Apple Watch should benefit from new Health features. The details of these features remain unknown. We know that Apple is working on new sensors, such as a glucose sensor. It could be that the firm speaks about it on this occasion.

tvOS 15

The next version of the operating system for Apple TVs should strengthen its gaming orientation.

The list of applications participating in the Apple Design Awards

WWDC 2021 App design awards

Apple has unveiled the list of applications nominated to participate in the Apple Design Awards. Here is the complete list by categories as you can consult it on the official site:

Inclusiveness

  • 1Password (AgileBits Inc.)
  • A Monster’s Expedition (Draknek Limited)
  • Alba (ustwo games)
  • HoloVista (Aconite)
  • Me: A Kid’s Diary by Tinybop (Tinybop Inc.)
  • Voice Dream Reader (Voice Dream LLC)

Leisure and games

  • Little Orpheus (The Chinese Room)
  • Pok Pok Playroom (Pok Pok)
  • Poolside FM (Poolsuite)
  • RakugakiAR (Whatever Inc.)
  • South of the Circle (State of Play Games)
  • Wonderbox (AQUIRIS GAME STUDIO LLC)

Interaction

  • Bird Alone (George Batchelor)
  • CARROT Weather (Brian Mueller, Grailr LLC)
  • Craft (Liki Labs Limited)
  • Nova (Panic)
  • Sp! Ng (SMG Studio)
  • Wonderbox (AQUIRIS GAME STUDIO LLC)

“Social Impact”

  • Alba (ustwo games)
  • Attack 1942 (Charles Games s.r.o.)
  • Be My Eyes (Be My Eyes)
  • Brief (Broadsheet)
  • If Found… (Annapurna Interactive)
  • Klima (Climate Labs GmbH)

Visuals and graphics

  • Beyond a Steel Sky (Revolution)
  • Genshin Impact (miHoYo Limited)
  • Little Orpheus (The Chinese Room)
  • Loóna (Loona Inc)
  • Mission to Mars AR (SN Digital LLC)
  • (Not Boring) Weather (Andy Works LLC)

Innovation

  • Bird Alone (George Batchelor)
  • Blind Drive (Lo-Fi People)
  • LoL: Wild Rift (Riot Games)
  • Museum Alive (Alchemy Immersive Ltd)
  • NaadSadhana (Sandeep Ranade)
  • Universe (Universe Exploration Company)

The stakes are high for these developers: if they win, their application will be highlighted on the App Store.

Will there also be announcements of new products (material announcements)?

As we said above it is quite possible. Apple has already offered updates to its computer and iPhone lines in the past, even with new products on a few occasions. However, as we are in a year of transition to processors designed in-house, there is every chance that Apple will announce new macs equipped with this chip. It could also be for Apple to take the opportunity to unveil the range of chips above. We expect the arrival of a more powerful “M” chip for professionals and demanding users. We regularly talk about this chip under its provisional name M1X.

Read also: Apple M1X – the chip of the next macs is revealed in a mysterious listing

But we also know that Apple has other projects in the making, with radically different devices that would justify a prior presentation to the developers. This is for example the case of Apple Glass which we know that the presentation is approaching. But it could also be about the Apple Car, the connected car project of the firm. Obviously the presentation of these two products on the sidelines of WWDC 2021 is purely speculative at this stage. Especially since the rumors around these products seem to have calmed down a bit for several months.

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