Apple WWDC 2021 The annual Apple developer conference, WWDC 2021, kicks off today. Just like each year, Apple will make a host of announcements ranging from updates on its existing services to new versions of its software. Apart from services and software, the company is also rumoured to launch a new MacBook Pro at the event.
Apple WWDC 2021: How to watch WWDC 2021 keynote livestream
Apple will host the WWDC 2021 conference virtually owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event is scheduled to start at 10 AM PDT (10:30 PM IST). It will kick off with a keynote from Apple CEO Tim Cook. You can watch the WWDC sessions live via the company’s official YouTube page and Apple’s website.
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The YouTube link for the WWDC 2021 keynote is already available. Interested ones can also set a reminder through this link. Apart from YouTube, you can also watch the event on Apple’s official events page.
WWDC 2021: What to expect, new iOS, features, privacy tools
MacBook Pro with M2
Even as software is the prime focus of such developer conferences, Apple may also make a hardware announcement today. According to rumours, Apple will unveil a new MacBook Pro with the M2 chip. The company is said to showcase new MacBook Pro 14-inch and MacBook Pro 16-inch models. There are also speculations that Apple might hold off M2 for 2022 and instead launch the device with a new chip M1x. Reports suggest new MacBook Pro models could go on sale in the second half of this year as the company is facing component shortages. The delay could also push the availability to 2020.
iPhone users can expect a preview of the next iteration of Apple’s operating system. Dubbed iOS 15, the next OS update will bring improved messaging functionality and UI tweaks for a better user experience. Apple may also double down on privacy features with the new update.
Apple is said to be working on a revamped home screen design for iPad users. It will also bring support for the placement of widgets. The company may also introduce an improved multitasking system for better usage of the larger screen.
Apple WWDC 2021 conference also comes amid the legal tussle with Epic Games over the App Store policies. Apple has faced criticism from many top developers over its 30% cut on App Store payments. The company, however, has made some changes to its policies. Earlier this year, Apple rolled out a lower commission policy for some developers as part of its Small Business programme. At today’s event, Apple may announce new schemes to woo the developers’ community.