Next week, Apple will again hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event. Like last year, WWDC 2021 is online-only due to the ongoing pandemic, but you can still expect the tech super-giant to make some big announcements, including our first good looks at iOS 15, macOS 12, and — if the rumours are to be believed — possibly even some new devices.
Read on for more on where and how to watch Apple’s WWDC keynote live, and what you can expect to see announced.
When is WWDC 2021?
WWDC 2021 runs Tuesday, June 8 through Friday, June 11.
There is sure to be a bunch of news dropping throughout the week, but the biggest announcements are likely to come during Apple’s keynote presentation on Tuesday, June 8 at 3 am AEST.
How to watch WWDC 2021
Apple has already launched a placeholder live stream on YouTube that allows you to set a reminder so that you’ll know exactly when the presentation is starting and can tune in on time — just click the “Set Reminder” option from the video player controls. When the presentation starts on Monday, you’ll receive a notification from the YouTube app on your phone (or a push notification from your browser), once the stream goes live on Monday.
If you don’t want to watch on YouTube, Apple’s WWDC 2021 keynote will also be simulcast on the Apple website under the “Events” section and through the Apple TV app on all supported devices — though the presentation itself will be identical no matter where you watch.
Don’t worry if you miss the live event, as it’ll be archived and available to watch on Apple’s website and its YouTube channel following the broadcast — as will any other presentations and announcement clips released throughout the week.
What to expect from WWDC 2021
There’s always a sense of mystery around annual keynote presentations like WWDC, even when we’re pretty sure we know what to expect.
Since WWDC is Apple’s software showcase, we’re sure to get a look at the upcoming iOS 15 and its iPad OS counterpart. On the other hand, we won’t hear much (if anything) about new iPhones or iPad models — those announcements normally happen at Apple’s annual September hardware event.
Apple will probably dedicate a sizable chunk of airtime on Monday to new devices, though, as it’s speculated we’ll be given peeks at new MacBooks and Mac PCs running Apple Silicon processors — but we won’t know for sure until those announcements drop.
The same goes for Apple’s other operating systems, including watchOS and tvOS — it’s likely we’ll see the next iteration of both at WWDC, but new hardware announcements are less likely (but not out of the question). That said, it’s always wise to wait on buying any new Apple devices when we’re this close to WWDC (or any other Apple event), just in case the company does surprise us by unveiling something new.
Whatever’s on the docket, we’ll know by the end of the day on Monday, so be sure to use the links above to set reminders for Apple’s WWDC 2021 keynote.