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Apple will unveil the next versions of iOS, macOS at WWDC21, from June 7

A disembodied cartoon head is probably tense.
Enlarge / Apple’s splash image for WWDC 2021, which refers to a meme from last year.

Apple will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) as scheduled this year, with the event starting June 7 and ending June 1

1. Like last year, it will be an online affair while the world continues to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. All offers for the event will be free for anyone with an Apple Developer account.

The company typically uses this event to announce new versions of the various operating systems (macOS, iPadOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS) and detail the software’s new features and changes. WWDC is sometimes, but not always, used to announce new hardware products, and this is often the event Apple uses to explain very large changes in direction, should they be imminent. For example, Apple revealed the details of its bespoke silicon transition at last year’s conference.

Apple’s press release notes that the usual components will be there. It will be a key tone to get things started, followed by “state of the union” presentations that drill deeper on each platform. Then Apple will offer video sessions on specific features – using the Metal graphics API to create augmented reality applications, in one hypothetical example – throughout the week. The conference will also include one-on-one lab agreements that “offer technical guidance” to developers, Apple said.

As usual for announcements like this, Apple issued a statement from a company manager to coincide with the news.

“We love bringing our developers together every year at WWDC to learn about our latest technologies and to connect them with Apple engineers,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of global developer relations and enterprise and education marketing. “We’re working to make WWDC21 our biggest and best yet, and are excited to offer Apple developers new tools to support them as they create apps that change the way we live, work and play.”

WWDC21 will also look back at the Swift Student Challenge, where students are encouraged to “create an interactive scene on a Swift playground that can be experienced within three minutes.” Swift Playgrounds is an encoding sandbox app for Macs and iPads Apple uses to introduce people to Swift, the Objective-C-derived programming language increasingly used to create apps for iPhones and other Apple devices. The winners of the Swift Student Challenge will receive “exclusive WWDC21 outerwear and tweezers”, it is stated in Apple’s press release.

As always, we will cover the event and all announcements directly on Ars Technica.

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