Apple has announced that the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held from June 7th to June 11th this year, and it will be an online-only event just like last year.
As with Apple’s usual announcement, it’s opaque when it comes to details, but there may be some sweet hints. Is the note paper character’s glasses simply showing the reflection from the notebook? Or maybe Apple can finally get ready to announce the rumored VR headset or AR glasses?
“We are committed to making WWDC21 the largest and best possible,” said Susan Prescott, Vice President of Apple, “we are excited to provide new tools to support Apple developers as they create apps that change the way we live, work, and enjoy.” Developer relationships around the world in the press release.
WWDC is when Apple details changes to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, usually with occasional hardware surprises. Last year, we also devoted much of our keynote to announcing the transition to the Mac lineup to our own Apple Silicon processors. As this transition is still in progress, it looks like Apple will have an update to share its progress with.
New hardware tends to be less focused at developer conferences, but it’s unheard of. Apple announced the new Mac Pro using WWDC 2019 as a venue, and at WWDC 2017 it announced the HomePod smart speaker, updated iMac desktop, and the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
Given that the impact of COVID-19 is still being felt around the world, it’s no surprise that Apple has only chosen a global conference for developers online. Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference is set to take place virtually this year, and San Diego Comic-Con and the 2021 Animation Expo have also confirmed that physical events will not be held. However, some organizations are attempting to trigger limited physical events, such as the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.