Press invitation to Apple’s keynote. Screenshot by Jason Cipriani / .
On Monday, June 7, Apple will hold the opening keynote of its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). It is during this event that we usually learn more about the latest software projects of the company. Sometimes Apple even announces new hardware.
This year, Apple is expected to present the main features of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, WatchOS 8, MacOS 12 and TVOS 15.
Regarding the event announcement, the press received an invitation with the slogan “And away we go”, while the developers could read the slogan “And away we code”. What do these different slogans mean, and why two different? Until June 7, it’s up to you to imagine! In the meantime, here is what we know so far about the event.
The Apple Developer Conference begins on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 7 p.m. in France (10 a.m. in Cupertino).
This year again, the keynote will take place only online, due to the pandemic. It will be possible to watch it online in order to follow the announcements live. Here are the different venues:
- YouTube: the link is already available on Apple’s YouTube channel.
- Apple.com: you can follow the event directly from the Apple website, “events” section. Just make sure your web browser – Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Edge – is up to date and supports MSE, H.264, and AAC.
What will Apple announce during this keynote? This is the big question. This is the first Apple event in some time, and we have little clue as to what will be on display. There have been few leaks or rumors about upcoming updates, apart from the iPad, which would benefit from a home screen redesign, to allow users to place widgets anywhere. where on the screen, as is currently the case on an iPhone since iOS 14.
That said, there is much expectation from Apple to improve the software on the iPad. Indeed, after the release of the iPad Pro equipped with the M1 chip, the brand has a powerful device, which only asks to be exploited by more powerful software.
What we do know is that Apple will unveil iOS 15, iPadOS 15, WatchOS 8, MacOS 12, and TVOS 15, based on the annual update cycle that Apple has been following since the iPhone launched. What exactly these updates contain remains a mystery. According to some articles, in addition to the redesign of the home screen on the iPad, there could be improvements to iMessages for iPhone and iPad, as well as notifications.
And the material?
From time to time, Apple uses the WWDC to announce a new device. Sometimes it’s a preview, for a device that won’t hit the market for a few months, and Apple wants to get ahead so developers have time to build apps. Other times, it’s a new device, like an updated MacBook Pro, that will appeal to developers and the general public alike.
This year, rumors come and go as to whether a new MacBook Pro, possibly equipped with the next version of an Apple Silicon processor, will make its WWDC debut. Rumors have also been circulating for months that Apple is announcing new AirPods.
It’s possible that we will see both devices at WWDC 21. But it’s equally possible that neither device will be announced. The only real guarantee is the software. This is a developer-driven event, after all.