We are only a week away from WWDC 2021, which starts next Monday 7 June and runs until Friday 11. June. Apple’s annual developer conference will be a completely digital affair for the second year in a row due to public health measures, but it will still be an exciting week, with Apple expected to unveil iOS 15 and other new software updates.
In front of WWDC, we have put together five steps to prepare for the conference.
Set Siri Reminders
During WWDC, there are some presentations that have a broader appeal:
- Keynote Monday, June 7 at 10 Pacific Time: Apple is expected to unveil iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, watchOS 8 and tvOS 15, and there’s always a chance for a hardware surprise or two, with a new MacBook Pro rumored.
- Platforms State of the Union Monday, June 7 at 14 Pacific Time: Apple will take a deeper dive into the new developer tools, technologies and advances across software platforms.
- Apple Design Awards Thursday, June 10 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time: The awards celebrate Apple developers’ creative arts, crafts and technical achievements, according to Apple.
A convenient way to remember these dates and times is to set Siri reminders using an iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, HomePod, or other Apple device. For example: “Hi Siri, remind me to watch WWDC Keynote June 7 at
Find out when WWDC Keynote takes place in time zones around the world.
2. Download the Apple Developer App
The free Apple Developer app is available on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, and is central to the WWDC experience, complete with a full schedule when available. From June 8, session videos will be posted in the app every day, giving a deep dive into new features and frameworks added to Apple’s software platforms. WWDC Keynote will also be available in the app with playback on demand after the end of the live stream.
New for WWDC 2021, “Pavilions” will provide an easy way for developers to explore relevant sessions, labs, and special activities for a given topic, such as SwiftUI. Pavilions are available exclusively in the Apple Developer app.
The Apple Developer app can be downloaded from the App Store, and many of the resources are available to the public for free.
Other useful resources include the Apple Developer website and the Apple Developer Forums.
3. Join the Apple Developer Program
In line with previous years, Apple is likely to seed the first betas of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, watchOS 8 and tvOS 15 to registered developers for testing within an hour or two of WWDC Keynote ending.
Those interested in installing beta on their devices on an official basis must sign up for an Apple Developer Program membership, which costs $ 99 per year in the United States. Individuals who are 18 years of age or older or have reached the age of majority in their country can sign up for the Apple Developer application, even if they do not intend to distribute any apps in the App Store.
It’s important to keep in mind that Apple’s beta software usually has some bugs or other issues that may affect performance or usability to some degree. For this reason, it is always recommended that beta software be installed on a secondary device that is not dependent on daily use. It is equally important to back up your devices to a Mac or iCloud before installing beta software to avoid the risk of data loss.
Those who do not want to pay for an Apple Developer Program membership can join Apple’s free Beta Software program, but the first public beta versions of major new software versions will not be released until late June or early July.
4. Sign up for digital salons
Apple will host digital salons at WWDC 2021. Apple Developer Program or WWDC 2021 Swift Student Challenge winners will be able to join Apple engineers and designers throughout the week while hosting text-based questions and answers and special activities related to developer tools, SwiftUI, accessibility, and machine learning, according to Apple.
Registrations open tomorrow 1 June with limited availability on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the Digital lounges page for more information.
5. Follow MacRumors
Stay tuned to MacRumors.com for full coverage of WWDC Week, including a live Keynote blog. If you are unable to watch the stream, please follow @MacRumorsLive on Twitter, where we will also be tweeting Keynote live. Also follow MacRumors on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and RSS for WWDC news, videos and more.
Our in-depth WWDC summary is also a useful resource, and it’s worth adding to your browser’s bookmark field in the coming weeks.