The annual Apple WWDC 2021 developer conference is being held this year from June 7 to 11, which is just a few days away. Traditionally, this conference has focused on new software, although there are rare occasions when some new hardware is also mentioned. Between the abandonment of Intel and the arrival of Apple Glass, it is not impossible that this year will be a little out of the ordinary. In this file, we take stock of everything we know at this stage about the event.
The aim of this conference is traditionally to evangelize the developers of the ecosystem to the novelties which will have an impact on the development of their applications. So the focus is usually on software rather than hardware . It is usually on this date that Apple unveils major new versions of macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and tvOS, as well as its latest applications and new services.
But it should nevertheless be noted that in some years there are also some material announcements. In 2009 for example, Apple used WWDC to unveil new MacBook Pros and an iPhone 3GS. In 2013, Apple unveiled improved am versions of several products like the Mac Pro, Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, and MacBook Air. In 2017, there were new iMacs, MacBooks, and Macbook Pros, along with the new iMac Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and the first-gen HomePod. In 2019 we discovered the Apple Pro Display XDR screen as well as the 3rd generation Mac Pro.
As recently as last year, Apple launched a prototype Mac Mini ARM at its WWDC conference. You will understand, at Apple, there is a chance that this conference will be the occasion for some material announcements, especially since we are still in the year of transition to M1 processors and Apple has a lot of projects. under the elbow that we have been talking about for some time. Participants normally pay full price ($ 1,599) to attend the event as there are many workshops taking place. Nevertheless this year, like last year, WWDC 2021 will be held exclusively online, COVID-19 requires .
As WWDC 2021 remains virtual, Apple does not charge for conference access – the ticket normally costs $ 1,599. Developers will however have free access to most conferences and workshops that usually justify the trip and pay a high price. More than 200 sessions will allow you to deepen the technical announcements of the firm, with videos to which developers can refer thereafter. Apple also offers to make an appointment for one-on-one sessions called “lab Appointment”, to give advice on interface design, or around the publication of applications on the App Store.
Apple also offers to connect with over a thousand Apple engineers through the Apple Developer Forums. Games and contests will also be organized throughout the week, and the firm promises many goodies accessible via the Apple Developer application .
This year, the theme of WWDC 2021 is “Glow and Behold” , a pun on the expression “Lo and behold” which can be translated in this context as “Admire” , distorting the first word “Lo ” in ” Glow ” which means ” shine “ . We already understand that Apple has every intention of giving us plenty of eyes (and we hope that it will not be glitter ^^). Here are the announcements we expect:
Every year Apple unveils a new version of iOS. We therefore expect the arrival of iOS 15 , even if, it must be said, the indiscretions have not been very numerous since 2020. iMessage should in the process benefit from some improvements, just to hinder WhatsApp and keep iPhone users in its rich SMS applications. Apple should also return to the load on Privacy with a menu that shows which applications are collecting your data in the background. Apple should respond to Google, which is starting to follow Apple on privacy in Android 12 . the Notificationsshould be enhanced with more artificial intelligence to show you only those that are relevant to the context. In the health functions, the monitoring of the diet should land.