Apple’s WWDC 2021 is just around the corner. On June 7th, the conference starts exclusively online with the keynote, at which, in addition to iOS 15 and macOS 12, new hardware could possibly also be announced.
On Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 7 p.m. Central European Summer Time, Apple’s WWDC 2021 starts with the keynote. In it, Apple boss Tim Cook and his management team around Craig Federighi, Eddy Cue, and others will announce the most important innovations relating to iOS and iPadOS 15, macOS 12, and watchOS 8. Aside from the expected major OS updates, Apple probably has more up its sleeve – it is rumored that the manufacturer could show new hardware.
WWDC 2021 will take place from June 7th to 11th under the motto “And away we code” and, in addition to the keynote, will also offer over 200 sessions and workshops in which developers can find out more about new features and learn more. Four hours after the keynote, Apple is holding a “Platforms State of the Union” event designed to give developers “a deeper look at new tools, technologies, and advances across all Apple platforms. In addition, there are so-called “Lab Appointments” – virtual meetings with Apple engineers – for which developers have. As in the previous year, Apple set up a WWDC forum to facilitate communication. Developers and Apple engineers can exchange ideas here. New at WWDC 2021 is the pavilions, which are intended to offer developers an easy way to “deepen relevant sessions, labs, and special activities for a specific topic,” according to the company. You can also plan your WWDC program and view content on various topics such as SwiftUI, developer tools, accessibility & inclusion, and more in the Apple developer app.
There is no question that Apple will announce its major OS updates for iPhones and iPads during WWDC. Since the developers in the past year primarily devoted more attention to the iPhones with a new home screen and widgets, the iPads should be the turn of this year. The well-connected Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman also claims to have found out. According to Gurman’s information, after the iPhones, iPads with iPadOS now also have a new home screen. According to the reporter, this is “the most significant update for the device’s home screen since the product was launched in 2010”. With iPadOS, the screen should have a similar range of functions as the screen of the iPhone. On the other hand, it will be possible to replace entire app grids with widgets. In view of the new high-performance iPad Pros, Apple could move a bit closer to macOS with its iPadOS in terms of functionality. Apple again denied a merger of the two platforms in April.