5 things to expect from the WWDC 2021 Apple event (and 1 thing NOT to expect)

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Apple's annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) will be kicking off today (07 June) at 10AM PDT/ 1PM EDT / 6PM BST / 1AM ACT (08 June). While we're not expecting to see many hardware announcements, it does look like we'll be getting an official look at a wide variety of software updates, including iOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS 12, iPadOS 15 and tvOS 15. 

Apple's Spring Loaded event in April heralded the arrival of the iMac M1 2021 and iPad Pro 2021 – both of which have been very well received. It also saw the hotly-anticipated arrival of AirTags, which are Bluetooth trackers perfect for keeping tabs on your wallet, keys or camera kitbag.

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While we're mostly expecting software announcements today, there's still an outside chance that we'll see some Apple hardware – although this isn't a certainty. Read on below to discover the five things you can expect from the WWDC 2021 – and the one thing we can't expect, but we could end up seeing. 

5 things to expect from WWDC 2021

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1. iOS 15

Apple's latest iOS update will likely be the biggest announcement of WWDC 2021. Rumors suggest that we'll be seeing updates to Messages, Safari, Health and Maps – but you won't be able to enjoy these improvements unless you're using an iPhone 7 or later. While we'll probably be seeing iOS 15 announced today, it's unlikely that the actual update will be officially rolled out until September. However, there will likely be a developer beta and public beta launched before that point. 

2. iPadOS 15

iPadOS 15 is also expected at WWDC 2021, featuring multitasking improvements and the ability to put widgets anywhere on the home screen (according to these rumors). We would expect iPadOS 15 to be pretty similar in functionality to iOS15, as it usually is. We'll also be expecting separate developer and public betas before the official launch around September 2021. 

3. macOS 12

We haven't seen many rumors regarding macOS 12, but we're still expecting the latest generation of macOS software at WWDC 2021. However, don't expect to see the software on your computer until later on this year.

4. watchOS 8

It looks as if the Apple Watch lineup will be receiving a software update as well, with watchOS 8 due to be announced at WWDC 2021. One of the potential updates to watchOS 7 is the introduction of a Mind app that's designed to help boost mental wellbeing. There's also speculation that the Health app will be added too – and we're likely to see some new watch faces as well.

5. tvOS 15

It seems pretty likely that we'll be seeing tvOS 15 appear at the WWDC 2021 event. According to The Verifier, we might be seeing a refreshed design and a children's mode with full parental control and screen time management tools. However, we'll have to wait until the event later on to see how accurate these rumors are.

1 thing NOT to expect from WWDC 2021

As previously mentioned, WWDC 2021 is usually primarily a software-based event – and this year doesn't look to be any different. So, you shouldn't expect to see any new hardware at the event… but that doesn't mean that Apple might not have a few tricks up its sleeve. 

01. MacBook Pro (2021)

We've heard a few exciting rumors that a new MacBook Pro might be appearing. It's also been rumored the the MacBook Pro (2021) will include some version of the Apple M1 chip – possibly called 'M1X' or 'M2'. These 10-core Apple silicon chips are expected to include eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores, along with 16 or 32-core GPU options and support for up to 64GB RAM. Rumors of a new MacBook Pro appearance are mixed, with some predicting a launch in the second half of the year, so don't get your hopes up too high…

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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.