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Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is here. WWDC 2021 is being streamed live, entirely virtual for the second year in a row. Tune in at the 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET start time for the keynote address, which will likely be led by CEO Tim Cook. Fans and developers alike can watch online for free.
Apple used its April event to announce the new, a new , and a . This week we’ll learn what new things those gadgets will be able to do with Apple’s yearly torrent of free software updates: , iPadOS 15, MacOS 12, WatchOS 8 and TVOS 15 (and ).
Last year, Apple announced a major change to its Mac computers, kicking off afrom Intel-made chips to chips designed by Apple’s in-house team. That group’s been building chips to power iPhones and iPads for more than a decade, and now Apple says those chips are capable enough to power computers too. So far, the new computers powered by the new M1 chip have received positive reviews for their . Despite the initially positive reception, industry watchers are anxious to see how those chips will power . Apple could also use the event to announce its .
M1 is the marketing name for Apple’s more powerful versions of its iPhone and iPad chips for computers.
We could also learn more about the next version of MacOS, but the biggest announcement out of the event will likely be, the latest annual update to the company’s software for iPhones and iPads. This time around, the software update, which is usually free and in the fall, is rumored to , include new ways to handle app notifications, and make its new more interactive. (Currently they update data, but typically a tap brings you into the app instead of letting you interact just through the widget.)
There are also rumors that the Apple Watch and its software could get new features. The Apple Watch currently can track movement, heart rate, ECG and blood oxygen levels. The next rumored step could be to.
WWDC will be virtual again. Here’s what to expect
When is WWDC 2021?
Apple’s online-only WWDC, 1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST and at 3 a.m. AEST on June 8. (Sorry, Australia.) Though Apple hasn’t officially announced whether CEO Tim Cook will headline the traditional opening keynote presentation, it would be a shock if he didn’t appear.
Last month, Cook testified at the.
Where can I stream Apple’s event?
You’ll be able to stream Apple’s event straight from the company’s website. We here at CNET will be covering the event live, as we always do, with the real-time news, insight and analysis you can get only here.
What can we expect from Apple at WWDC?
Apple’s digital events are fast-paced and slickly produced. WWDC also tends to be a little nerdier and sillier, with Apple making jokes about its wacky marketing team coming up with names for its software. Apple also tends to make fun of software head Craig Federighi’s hair.
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