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WWDC 2021 date, time, news and rumours – plus how to watch Apple keynote live

APPLE is about to unveil a major update for your iPhone – and probably some new gadgets too.

That’s because we’re fast approaching WWDC 2021, a major gadget bonanza.

Apple is hosting a special event in June


Apple is hosting a special event in JuneCredit: Apple

What is WWDC 2021?

WWDC is Apple’s yearly developer convention, where app makers gather in huge numbers.

Apple also uses the event to make major announcements about its products.

The event usually attracts thousands of visitors, but last year marked the first time WWDC was virtual-only.

Apple’s 2021 will also be virtual, due to the ongoing global pandemic

There will still be a virtual keynote event, as well as educational sessions for app makers.

Apple chief Tim Cook usually presents the keynote speech


Apple chief Tim Cook usually presents the keynote speechCredit: Apple

When is WWDC 2021? Dates and times

WWDC 2021 is set to run from June 7 to 11.

Anyone will be able to watch the keynote online – but this has been the case even in previous years.

The keynote will take place on Monday, June 7 at 10am California time.

In New York you’ll tune in at 1pm, while Brits can watch at 6pm local time.

App makers can get the full WWDC schedule by downloading the Apple Developer app.

It’ll be updated with the latest session and speech info in June.

WWDC is one of the biggest events in the Apple calendar


WWDC is one of the biggest events in the Apple calendarCredit: Apple

Apple WWDC 2021 news and rumours – what to expect

We still don’t know exactly what Apple will be announcing in its keynote.

But we’d typically expect to see new versions of iOS, macOS and watchOS – the software that powers iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch.

These free updates bring new features to your current devices.

And they also give hints at what we might expect from future iPhones, which typically launch in September.

It’s also possible that Apple could announce new gadgets.

The rumour-in-chief is that of new MacBook Pro models, upgraded with Apple’s custom M1 chip that already powers the new iMac, iPad Pro and other MacBook devices.

“We love bringing our developers together each year at WWDC to learn about our latest technologies and to connect them with Apple engineers,” said Apple’s Susan Prescott.

“We are working to make WWDC21 our biggest and best yet.

“And [we] are excited to offer Apple developers new tools to support them as they create apps that change the way we live, work, and play.”

As part of the event, Apple is hosting a Swift Student Challenge in advance, which has already closed on entries.

And the winners will receive prizes, including exclusive WWDC memorabilia.

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