Apple has announced this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) nice and early this year. The week-long event will kick off on June 7, and we have confirmation that it will once again be a fully virtual event thanks to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

WWDC is typically where Apple reveals its upcoming software updates to the world, giving developers a chance to integrate new features before they launch to the public. This year we’re expecting previews of iOS 15 plus updates for iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

“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.”

Though aimed primarily at developers, WWDC has always kicked off with a fairly accessible keynote speech showing off the most notable new features to the public. From time to time, we see hardware reveals at the event too. Like the iPhone reveals in September, it’s a good watch even if you’re not a developer.

Like last year, the whole of WWDC will be run online – that means live streams of every talk, plus some other bits Apple hasn’t announced just yet. It also means free access to all developers around the world – no more expensive, limited tickets like the old days.

Apple has also announced it will be supporting up-and-coming young developers with its Swift Student Challenge, which asks student coders to create a 3-minute digital experience using Apple’s coding language, Swift. Winners will be announced at WWDC along with the annual Apple Design Awards.

We’re looking forward to seeing what iOS 15 has in store – rest assured we’ll bring you updates on everything you need to know from the event when it kicks off on June 7.