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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference to be held online on June 7th

Apple has announced it will hold the 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 7th. This is the second year in a row the annual event will be hosted online only.

The all-important gathering brings together developers from all over the world. They typically congregate on San Jose, California. Once again, however, they’ll be “dialing in” from the comfort of their homes and offices. Last year was the first time this format was adopted.

“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 decision should not come as too much of a surprise. The coronavirus pandemic has caused a number of events to be cancelled.

The Spanish, though, are feeling a bit more optimistic. The MWC 2021 in Barcelona is planning an in-person gathering. In fact, they are expecting some 50,000 to congregate to the trade show on June 28th when it begins. This is about a half of their usual attendance. Those who choose to attend will need to provide results of a COVID-19 test from the previous 72 hours before arriving. There will be other safety measures, too.

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Now in its 32nd year, WWDC is when Apple unveils its latest software developments. There have not been too many leaks on the next versions of iOS, WatchOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS. But new iterations of all of these are in the works.

Of most interest to our readers will be watchOS 8 which is expected to be unveiled on June 7th. This is also when the first developer beta will be released. Most probably, you’ll be able to download it in early September.

In terms of what to expect, it is difficult to say at the moment. You can bet there will be new widgets and watch faces, but as far as features – that is anyone’s guess. No doubt, as we approach the event the leaks will start pouring in.

To offset local businesses losses due to the online-only format, Apple has said it will committing $1 million to SJ Aspires, an education and equity initiative launched by the City of San José. This is part of its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative.

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