Apple confirms WWDC 2021 will be an online event

Apple has confirmed what we all expected: WWDC 2021 will be an all-online event once again — a tacit acknowledgement of  the success of the format last year.

Another virtual WWDC

WWDC 2021 will run between June 7-11, be free to developers, and will “build on the record-breaking participation and learnings from last year’s online conference,” the company said in a statement.

The event is open to Apple’s global community of 28 million developers. The show will feature the annual keynote and State of the Union announcements, online sessions, and 1:1 labs for technical guidance. Intriguingly, Apple also promises: “New ways for developers to interact with Apple engineers and designers to learn about the latest frameworks and technologies.

What 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,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise and Education Marketing. “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.” 

The company plans to share more information pertaining to the giant developer event later, via the Apple Developer app, on the Apple Developer website, and by email.

Why the event must be online

It was inevitable, really. COVID-19 continues to blight lives and one year later we know more about the threat it represents. Not only does the disease mutate, but vaccination rollout is neither complete, nor fully international.

Copyright © 2021 IDG Communications, Inc.

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