Apple just announced that the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place this year from June 7-11, and will be an online event like last year.
The announcement is, as is typical for Apple, opaque when it comes to details, but there could be a tempting hint: Do the Memoji character’s glasses just reflect off their laptop? Or could Apple finally prepare to announce its long-rumored VR headset or AR glasses?
“We’re working to make WWDC21 our biggest and best yet, and we’re excited to provide Apple developers with new tools to support them in creating apps that change the way we live, work and play” , Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of global developer relations, said in a press release.
WWDC is when Apple typically details changes coming to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS with the occasional hardware surprise. Last year, it also devoted a significant portion of its keynote to announcing the transition from its Mac lineup to its own Apple Silicon processors. With this transition still underway, it seems likely that Apple will have an update on the progress.
New hardware tends to be less of a focus at the developer conference, but it’s not unheard of. Apple used WWDC 2019 as the venue to announce the new Mac Pro, and at WWDC 2017, it announced its HomePod smart speaker, updated iMac desktops, and a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
Unsurprisingly, Apple has chosen to hold its global developer conference online only, as the impact of COVID-19 is still felt around the world. Facebook’s F8 developers conference will be virtual this year, and San Diego Comic-Con and the Anime Expo 2021 have also confirmed that their physical events will not take place. But some organizations are trying to accommodate limited physical events, such as the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.