Apple had kicked off its WWDC 2021 on 8 June 2021 announcing all the new projects and updated that are going to be released on the Apple devices. Some of the announcements included about iOS 15, Face Time updates, Focus mode, Live Text, Apple Wallet, Apple Maps, AirPods Updates, iPadOS, Security updates, Health updates, watchOS, macOS, and also updated about Siri going to be used on the third party devices.
Almost all the new updates and features have been covered in the WWDC 2021. In this article let’s look at what exactly is WWDC that is hosted by Apple and how one can participate in it.
What is WWDC?
WWDC is nothing but a conference that is hosted by Apple and WWDC stands for Worldwide Developers Conference. This Information technology based conference is held by Apple on an annual basis. The first WWDC was held in 1983 where Apple basic was introduced.
From 1987 to 2002 WWDC was held during the month of May, during 2003, 2005 and 2007 the WWDC was held during the month of June, in the year 2004 it was held during the late of June or the beginning of July and in the year 2006 it was held during the month of August.
The WWDC Event contents
The event is hosted in order to show the new features or updates on the macOS, iOS, iPadOS, tvOS and watchOS families as well as other software updates of Apple. In general, the conference concentrates on technology and software that is related to the Apple family or their Operating System.
Until the year 2002, Apple never used to conference for launching its new software and technology later on they started the conference as a launchpad for new products.
The conference will contain a keynote address, special get togethers, presentation sessions, events and one to one lab consultations.
Order of the WWDC Event
The event begin with a keynote address from Tim Cook. Earlier it was started off with Steve Jobs and it was often called by the media as Steve Note. The first day will cover the announcements of the new products of Apple and it would be attended by the conference attendees and the media. The new products or the hardware announced by Apple will mostly be exhibited in the conference hall.
The keynote address will be continued by announcing the software changes, updates and the new features that are launched by Apple. The company also announces the Apple Design Awards on the first day of the conference.
The detailed sessions of the software updates and features will be carried on during the later days of the event. Most of the presentations and sessions will be conducted by the Apple employees which will be recorded and interested people will be able to view them on the Apple Developer Website that is available on the iOS and the tvOS platforms of the conference.
There are lunchtime sessions which will be delivered by the guest speakers at the conference and it will be mostly the experts from the field of technology and science. These sessions however will not be recorded. Earlier there were question and answer sessions and also a session where the attendees could interact with the Apple employees.
The labs will have Apple engineers where one can have a one-to-one consultation with the developers and also there will be the availability of consultation sessions with experts in the user interface design.
How was WWDC 2021 held?
The most recent WWDC i.e., 2021 WWDC was held online due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. Generally, the offline conference would be held in the San Jose convention center, California.
The WWDC 2021 was a free session for all developers. All the developers from worldwide could attend the conference and also get access to the future versions of iPadOS, iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. The developers also could engage with Apple engineers through engineering sessions, one to one lab appointments and also the Apple Developer Forums which were revamped and improved ahead of WWDC 2021.
The tickets were given through an online lottery and the students and the members of STEM organizations were able to avail scholarships. Only the attendees above the age of 13 were allowed and they were also a member of the Apple Developer Programme.
The WWDC had a strength of 2000 to 4200 members until the year 2007 and during the year 2007, Steve Jobs had announced that the WWDC had around 5000 attendees. The WWDC held during the year 2018 had around 6000 participants from around 70+ countries which included 350 scholarship participants.
WWDC 2021 hosted by Apple had provided the information and tools that were required to turn the ideas of the worldwide apple developer community and the next generation developer community’s dreams into reality. Apple has around 28 million developers around the globe.
What is Apple WWDC21?
The all-online conference that used to take place every spring at Apple Park in California, offers insights into the future of Apple's operating systems such as iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS.
Where can I watch WWDC 2021?
WWDC 2021 was streamed live online from June 7 to 11, entirely virtual for the second year in a row.
Is the WWDC event free?
The WWDC event was held online due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic and was free for all developers.