21 April 2021
UPDATE (May 25th, 2021):
Apple has released WWDC 2021 schedule detailing what events will take place and when. The majority of the events are aimed at developers since it is a developer conference but there is one particular event that has caught our attention. The schedule kicks off with Apple Keynote at 10 AM PDT on June 7th.
The description says it will see the "unveiling of exciting new updates coming to all Apple platforms later this year." It simply means we will get to know about the new operating system versions i.e. iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS, and tvOS.
Original (March 31st, 2021)
Apple has confirmed that Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC 2021) will take place from June 7th and will last until June 11th. It will be an online-only event like last year because of the still ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. It will be available for live streaming for everyone through different platforms.
WWDC is an annual developer conference held by Apple to showcase what it has been working on. We get to see new operating system builds which will be for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS this year. It will be talking about all the changes, new features, and improvements coming to each of these platforms. A developer preview will also be made available for Apple developers to get started with optimizing their apps ahead of the stable rollout.
The chances of seeing a new hardware announcement are very slim but not entirely zero. We have seen Apple reveal new products at WWDC from time to time but it is not a regular thing. The official channels are silent about such a possibility for this year which is a typical Apple behavior. We will have to wait and see if we get to hear any new product announcements.
Susan Prescott, VP of Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise and Education Marketing at Apple said:
“We love bringing our developers together each year at WWDC to learn about our latest technologies and to connect them with Apple engineers. We are 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.”
Apple has further announced Swift Student Challenge for this year as well. It is an opportunity for students to showcase their coding skills by developing an interactive scene in a Swift playground that can be experienced within three minutes. It has started accepting applications for the challenge with the deadline set for April 18th. All winners will get an exclusive WWDC 21 outerwear and a pin set.