Apple announced the dates of WWDC 2021, with the next World Developer Conference maintaining the online format that we have seen the Cupertino company use so successfully. The event will begin on June 7 and until June 11, Apple said today, and will be free for all developers to attend.
Traditionally, WWDC has been a face-to-face event, bringing together thousands of app developers to meet with Apple’s own engineers and developers for a week of in-depth sessions. This also had its disadvantages, of course. The demand for tickets far exceeded the offer, even at a very high price. This left many developers unable to attend and waiting for Apple to post session videos and other content later.
Last year, however, WWDC 2020 became virtual, while the ongoing pandemic forced a rethink of physical meetings. Apple plans to continue with this year, and the good news is that it means that access will be open to all registered developers. This means live streaming sessions, all documentation and files shared online and more interactive resources in the 1: 1 labs for technical guidance.
For everyone else, of course, the big draw is the main lecture of WWDC 2021 and the subsequent State of the Union. The main point is where we hope to see things like iOS 15 and macOS 12 revealed, with the first feature teasers for the big ones new platform launches for iPhone and Mac. iPadOS and watchOS are likely to have stage time too.
In addition, there will be the last iteration of the Swift Student Challenge. Students can submit an interactive scene at a Swift playground that can be experienced in three minutes, with registration open until April 18.
“To support the local economy, even while WWDC21 is hosted online and as part of its $ 100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, Apple is also committing $ 1 million to SJ Aspires, an education and equity initiative launched by the city of San José, ”the company said today. SJ Aspires is a scholarship program with a particular focus on the challenges faced by black and brown students. Apple already has a partnership with the city of San José and the San José Public Library Foundation.
Certainly, we have seen a huge increase in online events as the world of technology adapts to the current global situation. Apple’s, however, have arguably been the most polite, as the company takes advantage of its rigid presentation skills and attractive setting at Apple Park to make the event more engaging. More details on the WWDC 2021 schedule will be shared by the beginning of June.