Apple to Preview iOS 15 and Extra at WWDC 2021

This year's meeting of Apple developers is scheduled to start online on June 7, 2021.

Apple will unveil iOS 15 along with other major updates to its software platforms at its next developer meeting, which will begin with a keynote on June 7, 2021.

Apple is hosting WWDC21 June 7-11

The company has officially confirmed that the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place June 7-11. Apple will "offer a unique glimpse into the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS". Similar to the previous WWDC and other Apple events last year, this year's conference will be held in an all-online format.

The company also wrote the following on the official Apple Developer website:

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference will be broadcast on a screen near you from June 7-11. Join the worldwide developer community for a free online program of exciting announcements, meetings and labs for free. Get a first look at the latest Apple platforms, tools and technologies. This is how you can create your most innovative apps and games yet.

The company has confirmed that a pre-recorded keynote will be held on June 7th.

Will there be a WWDC21 keynote?

From the announcement on the Apple website:

This year's conference will include keynote and state of the union announcements, online sessions, 1: 1 labs with technical guides, and new ways for developers to interact with Apple engineers and designers to learn about the to inform about the latest frameworks and technologies.

For those wondering, Apple's State of the Union is a much deeper dive into major new platform technologies than the public keynote allows.

When can I download the iOS 15 beta?

WWDC12 should bring us a preview of the software updates for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 before they're released this fall.

Now Apple usually sees its registered developers important operating system betas right after the keynote is over. So don't expect to download the iOS 15 beta before June 7th. Public beta testers should have the opportunity to test pre-release software the following month.

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If the history is any indication, we can follow the recorded Keynote video through Apple.com, the company's YouTube channel, and the official Apple Developer app.

Last year's WWDC drew a total of 22 million viewers, said CEO Tim Cook.

This year's Swift Student Challenge

In addition to announcing the WWDC 2021 dates, the company has also opened submissions for its annual Swift Student Challenge. Prizes include bespoke sets of pins, exclusive WWDC outerwear, and free memberships to the Apple Developer Program.

Please visit the Swift Student Challenge website for more information.

Apple urges young developers to create an interactive scene on Swift Playgrounds that can be experienced within three minutes. "If you need inspiration, use the templates in Swift Playgrounds or Xcode to get a head start on more advanced creations," says Apple.

This challenge is open to eligible students around the world.

To qualify for the challenge, a developer must be the minimum age in their jurisdiction (13 years in the US, 16 years in the EU) and be a free Apple Developer with the company or a member of Apple's Developer Program.

In addition, Eligible Developers must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in an accredited academic institution or official homeschool equivalent

  • You must be enrolled in the curriculum of a STEM organization

  • Enroll in an Apple Developer Academy

  • You have graduated from high school or its equivalent in the past 6 months and are awaiting admission or have been admitted to an accredited academic institution

Apple has promised to release more details on WWDC21 sooner rather than later.

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