WWDC 2021: Dates, News, Rumors, and Everything Else to Know

The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference is expected in June

Craig Federighi at WWDC20.
Craig Federighi at WWDC20.

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The Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference is an annual event where software developers connect with the engineers who envision and build Apple products, services, and software.

When Is WWDC?

The event is typically held in June each year. Apple has not officially confirmed dates for WWDC 2021, but, based on tradition, it's likely it will be held the first full week in June: June 7 - 11, 2021.

Since WWDC 2020 was held online, it's highly likely that the company will again host a virtual WWDC this year, too, and skip the traditional in-person conference crush.

How to Register and Attend WWDC

The Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is not yet open for registration. Once that and streaming details are available, we'll post them here.

What Announcements Are Expected?

Software announcements are the traditional start at this event (well, it is a developer event!) so expect iOS 15 and all its attendant features, fixes, and tweaks to be the star of the show.

Along with the usual iOS update, expect updates to iPadOS, macOS, watch OS and tvOS, too. The latter depends on whether or not Apple launches a new Apple TV version (Apple TV 6, perhaps?) in March; if it does, it will likely use that event to announce a new tvOS version.

Because Apple will be holding a product event in March, any WWDC hardware launch expectations will firm up after that.

There is some speculation that Apple will use WWDC to announce various subscription services in the vein of Apple Fitness+ or Apple Music.

Loup Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in and keeps an eye on companies like Apple, predicts the company will announce a variety of 'plus' services in 2021, such as Podcasts+, Maps+ or Mail+. However, few others in the industry say the same thing, so either Loup knows something everyone else doesn't, or these services are much farther out than Loup expects.

Here's a thing that is more likely to happen: Apple will release the SDK to finally let developers create apps that are universal across the Apple ecosystem. They announced the idea at WWDC 2020, so this rumor has a pretty solid foundation.

If nothing else, Apple knows how to keep its customers (and the industry) in suspense.

The Latest News About Apple

While you can always read the latest technology news on Lifewire, here are some pieces of interest involving Apple in particular.

Keep an eye on this page; we update it frequently as we learn more about WWDC 2021.

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