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How to watch and what to expect



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On Monday, May 7, 2021, Apple will stream its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote from Cupertino, CA. Expect news about iOS 1

5, possibly new Macs, and much more. Here’s how to watch the keynote and what to expect.

When will the WWDC 2021 Keynote take place?

Apple will live stream the WWDC 2021 keynote from its California headquarters on Monday, May 7, 2021 at 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET, 5:00 PM GMT). Like last year, it’s a virtual developer event and will likely be pre-recorded for broadcast.

How to Watch the WWDC Keynote Live

There are several ways to watch the WWDC 2021 keynote live, including:

  • Web browser: On May 7, browse to Apple.com using a modern browser on a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer, or visit the Apple Events website, and you’ll see a link in the center to the live stream. Click on it to view the keynote.
  • Apple TV app: Apple will post a link to the live keynote in its TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Google TV. If you can’t find the live stream, search for “keynote” in the TV app.
  • YouTube: Apple will also be streaming the keynote live through its YouTube account, meaning you can watch it on any device that supports YouTube. You can also visit the official WWDC 2021 keynote link to view it after it is completed.

Thanks to YouTube, you can watch the stream below if you revisit this page on May 7 at 10 a.m. PT/1 a.m. ET or later.

After the stream ends, you can watch it again on demand from the YouTube link above.

What to expect

Apple focuses its Worldwide Developers Conference on software developers for its hardware platforms. Traditionally, during the keynote, Apple also addresses a wider audience and uses it to premiere the latest OS releases, new products, and new technologies. With that in mind, here’s what we get to see at the event.

  • iOS 15 and iPad OS 15: Apple is likely to announce the latest operating system for the iPhone and iPad, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, during the keynote. Rumors of iOS 15 include more privacy improvements, changes to the way notifications work, and the loss of support for the iPhone 6s family of devices. iPadOS 15 is expected to get a home screen redesign to match iOS 14’s features.
  • iPhone and iPad app updates: While describing updates to iOS and iPad OS, Apple will likely outline interesting new features for the major apps that ship with both operating systems. Expect updates to iMessage, whose memojis are cluttering the WWDC announcement graphics.
  • macOS 12: With versions of macOS 11 Big Sur going up to 11.5 at the time of writing, it’s likely that the next version of the Mac operating system will be “macOS 12” and will ship with a different California nickname. Since macOS 11 has undergone a graphics overhaul, it’s likely that macOS 12 won’t be as dramatic a jump as the one between macOS 10.15 and macOS 11.0.
  • Other OS updates: Chances are, Apple will also list operating system updates for other Apple devices, such as watchOS 8 for the Apple Watch and tvOS 15 for the Apple TV.
  • Potentially new Mac hardware: According to industry rumors, Apple could announce new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros that use Apple Silicon. Traditionally, Apple usually saves major hardware launches for other events, but it’s always possible for new hardware to appear.

Even if we don’t see any new hardware at the event, we’re guaranteed to get details on the latest software Apple has to offer, so the keynote is worth checking out for any Apple fan or industry analyst.

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