Featured – Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference to be held digital-only this year too owing to coronavirus pandemic
Apple today officially announced its Worldwide developer’s conference 2021. The Cupertino-based company confirmed that this year too it is going to host the WWDC21 online-only commencing from June 7. Like last year the company has decided to hold the event online owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Apple’s Worldwide developer’s conference for the year 2021 will be hosted from June 7 till June 11 in an all-online format. The conference will be available to all developers for free via the Apple Developer app and Apple Developer website. Apple has not yet revealed its upcoming lineup of new software but the conference will offer unique insight into the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS.
“Building on the record-breaking participation and learnings from last year’s online conference, WWDC21 is an opportunity for developers to learn about the new technologies, tools, and frameworks they rely on to build innovative and platform-differentiating apps and games,” Apple commented.
In addition to this like last year, Apple also announced that this year’s Swift Student Challenge, an opportunity for young developers to demonstrate their coding skills by creating a Swift playground, is now accepting submissions. For those who are unaware Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad and Mac that makes learning the Swift programming language interactive and fun. Now through April 18, students can submit their Swift playground to the Swift Student Challenge. Winners will receive exclusive WWDC21 outerwear and a customised pin set. For more information, visit the Swift Student Challenge website.
“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 company says that this year’s conference will include announcements from the keynote and State of the Union stages, online sessions, 1:1 labs offering technical guidance, and new ways for developers to interact with Apple engineers and designers to learn about the latest frameworks and technologies.
Additionally, to support the local economy Apple part of its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, Apple is also committing $1 million to SJ Aspires, an education and equity initiative launched by the City of San José. SJ Aspires offers a performance-based scholarship program that educates students about their college and career choices, and provides individual mentorship and advising as well as online tools to help reduce the barriers Black and Brown students face in accessing academic opportunities. More information will be shared on this program through the Apple Developer app, on the Apple Developer website, and via email.
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