MacDailyNews presents live coverage of Apple’s WWDC 2021 keynote address

Get ready for WWDC 2021, with a jam-packed, keynote address, an all-online experience coming to you live from Apple Park on June 7th at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT. You can watch Apple’s keynote address live, right on this page.

We will add our live notes on this page as well.

MacDailyNews presents live coverage of Apple’s WWDC 2021 keynote address

The 2021 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off with exciting reveals, inspiration, and new opportunities to continue creating the most innovative apps in the world. Join the worldwide developer community for an in-depth look at the future of Apple platforms — iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS — directly from Apple Park.

Today’s big events:

• Special Event Keynote – June 7, 10am PDT / 1pm EDT
• Platforms State of the Union – June 7, 2pm PDT / 5pm EDT

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MacDailyNews WWDC 2021 Live Notes (in reverse chronological order):

• AAPL: $124.97, -$0.92 (-0.73%) @ 2:46PM EDT

• End of WWDC 2021 keynote address
• Tim Cook: New OSes available as developer betas today and come to all users this fall

• Xcode Cloud costs to be detailed at a later date
• TestFlight comes to the Mac
• Xcode Cloud: Build, test and Deliver apps. Apps are built in the cloud, simulate running and every Apple device, automatically distribute via TestFlight
• In-App Events – will bring time-sensitive events to App Store; can be showcased on app pages, editors will curate the best and biggest events
• Apple has now paid over $230 billion to developers since the App Store launched
• App Store has 600 million weekly visitors
• Swift gets Concurrency
• Swift programming language
• Object Capture API on macOS – turns 2D images into photorealistic 3D models
• Always-on apps for watchOS
• Focus APIs
• Voice isolation
• Sharing APIs
• New Developer Technologies outlines

• Safari Extensions – web extensions come to iPhone and iPad
• iPhone Safari gets new Tabs Groups
• iPad Safari gets new tabs
• Tab Groups update everywhere
• Tab Groups for Safari let you switch between groups of tabs
• macOS Monterey Safari gets new Tabs, new Tab Bar, and improved Search
• Automator will continue to be supported – multiyear transition to Shortcuts
• Shortcuts in Finder, Menubar, Spotlight, work with Siri
• Shortcuts for Mac (also comes with pre-built library just for the Mac)
• AirPlay from iPhone or iPad to Mac
• Images can be dragged and dropped between all devices
• Universal Control works with more than two devices – trackpad can control iPad and iMac; keyboard works on all three, too
• Use Mac’s trackpad to move about in iPad
• Use MacBook’s keyboard to type on iPad
• Move cursor back and forth between iPad and Mac
• Universal Control – use a single mouse and keyboard to meve between your Mac and iPad
• Continuity
• Notes new features, too
• Focus comes to Mac, too
• Sharing enhancements
• FaceTime gets the new updates

• macOS Monterey

• Package detection comes to HomeKit cameras
• Apple has joined “Matter” alliance for home automation accessories and support comes in the new Home app
• HomePod mini comes to Austria Ireland, New Zealand, coming to Italy later this year
• HomePod mini can be used as the speakers from your Apple TV (coming this fall)
• tvOS: new “For All of You” row
• Siri can use HomePod mini to watch a show on your Apple TV coming this fall
• New Home keys feature lets you open your door with your iPhone or Apple Watch
• Apple devices can leverage each other to make home automation easy-to-use
Home

• watchOS is the world’s most advanced wearable operating system
• New App Shelf comes to watchOS 8
• Share photos directly from Apple Watch via Message and Mail
• All-new mosaic layout of photos
• watchOS 8 brings Portraits watch face – uses Portrait mode photos from your iPhone
• Artist Spotlight series comes to Fitness+ (available later this month)
• Apple Fitness+ introduces a new series of workouts from Jeanette Jenkins (available later this month)
• New Pilates workout
• New Tai-Chi workout
• Respiratory Rate tracked via Sleep app (when wearing Apple Watch)
• Reflect
• Breathe app has been enhanced
• Mindfulness app

• watchOS 8

• Apple does not have access to any of this information
• Health sharing – get notifications if your mom’s health data changes (with permission from mother, of course)
• Several electronic health record companies are participating; Apple hopes to add more in the future
• You can now share health data from your iPhone / Apple Watch with your doctor (encrypted, not even Apple can see it)
• “Trends” show insights over longer periods (step changes, etc.)
• Labs: detailed explanations help explain your lab results
• Exercise will be recommended to help minimize risk of falling
• Changes to balance, stability, and coordination can be tracked and identified
• Mobility – looks to evaluate fall risk using the new “Walking Steadiness”
• Corrie app video shown

• Health

• Unlimited cameras can be connected via HomeKit Secure Video
• Hide My Email
• Private Relay lets you browse with Safari in a private way – traffic leaving your device is encrypted – not even Apple can see it
• New iCloud+ (no extra cost)
• Digital legacy program (add people to your account as legacy contact pass important info after you pass)
• Apple ID gets recovery contact list (call friends and family)
• Siri is very fast with on-device processing
• Siri gets on-device speech recognition – processed right on your iPhone or iPad (no Internet connection required)
• App Privacy report in Settings shows how apps treat your privacy – you can see all of the third-party domains with which the app is interacting
• Mail: marketing emails sometimes use invisible pixels, so Apple’s Mail app will offer “Mail privacy protection” hides your IP address and if you’ve read an email

Privacy: Apple believes privacy is a fundamental human right

• You can now build apps for iPhone and iPad on the iPad
• You can submit apps from Swift Playgrounds to the App Store
• Guide to creating your first app
• Swift PlayGrounds lets suers build apps, even works with Xcode on Mac
• You can even translate text in a photo
• System-wide translation
• Auto Translate detects when you’re speaking and in what language
• Translate comes to iPad
• AAPL: $125.15, -$0.74 (-0.59%) @ 1:45PM EDT
• Quick Note lets you get to a note no matter what you’re doing
• Tag browser lets you quickly find Notes
• Notes gets “Mentions” to alert those mentioned
• App Switcher lets Split View be activated just by sliding an app view (card) over another
• iPadOS Multitasking: New menu lets uses do Split View, Slide Over; adds Shelf – easy access to all open windows of an app
• App Library access from Dock
• App Library arrives on iPad
• Larger format Widgets just for iPadOS and larger displays offered by iPads
• iPad Home Screen Widgets – big update – Widgets can now be placed among apps on your Home Screen

• iPadOS 15

• Dolby Atmos is available starting today
• Apple TV (tvOS) and Mac (macOS) with Apple Silicon get Spatial Audio
• AirPods work with Apple’s massive Find My network – proximity view helps you located your AirPods
• Announce Notifications with Siri – reads you most important time-sensitive notifications
• AirPods get Conversation Boost – helps people hear better
• Much more coming in iOS 15
• Public Transit improvements – Maps will scan the builds as you exit a station, so you turn the right way when emerging
• Comes to CarPlay later this year
• New roads details added to Maps – very detailed
• Nighttime mode in 3D Apple Maps
• iOS 15 Maps offers new details for buildings, marinas, and much more
• Apple Maps new date coming to Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Australia
• Full-screen, Hi-res weather maps
• Weather app gets a huge update (Dark Sky acquisition bears fruit)
• ID cards come to Apple Wallet. Just scan your drivers license with participating U.S. States
• Many partners for locks will support Apple Wallet keys
• Apple Wallet gets more digital keys. Unlock your house or apt., office, hotel rooms, etc.
• iOS 15 uses on-device intelligence more than ever before
• AI gives personalized recommendations for Photos Memories
• Memory Mixes gives you choices of music and movie looks
• Apple Music comes to memories (underpins your Memories movies that are built on-the-fly and match the beat of the chosen music)
• Photos Memories: intelligently curates you favorit moments and makes movies
• Spotlight can find text and images in photos (AI)
• Just tap photos and you can look up things like breed of dog, type of plant, etc. in photo
• Live text can recognize a phone number in a photo (deep neural network)
• Focus auto sets on all our your other Apple devices (another benefit of being Apple-only)
• Ficus is a plant, tree, or shrub (it depends).
• Focus is a new way to match your device to your current mindset. Just choose what you want to focus on
• Focus: Notifications: Fresh, new look, “Notification Summary” – arranged by AI, ordered by priority
• “Shared With You” is available in Photos, Safari, Podcasts, etc., too.
• “Shared With You” is available in Apple Music, too.
• “Shared With You” is in the News app – all those links you get in Messages is there
• Messages in iOS 15 – new photo stacks
• Screen sharing is self-explanatory 😉
• SharePlay API can be used by developers (already being prepped by Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, etc.)
• Never have to deal with actual, live people in the same space ever again!!!
• Have a watch party via FaceTime
• Have a listening party via FaceTime
• SharePlay – listen together, watch together, screen sharing
• Generate FaceTime call as an event and share the link (Android can use that link, too – using their browser)
• Portrait mode comes to FaceTime (Bokeh!)
• Grid view: all participants in same-sized tiles
• Wide Spectrum: Your voice and everything around you
• Voice isolation: Machine Learning block ambient noise to focus on your voice
• FaceTime gets spatial audio
• Staying connected: FaceTime gets more natural, comfortable, and lifelike

• iOS 15

• This entire WWDC will be made available to everyone for free
• Cook touts Learn to Code, coding opportunities
• Tim Cook: “We’re excited to share our latest technologies with you.”
• Welcome to WWDC
• WWDC intro video begins
• AAPL: $125.39, -$0.50 (-0.40%) @ 12:58PM EDT
• It’s always like Christmas in June for us, but we can’t wait for in-person WWDCs again!
• AAPL: $125.38, $-0.51 (-0.41%) @ 12:52PM EDT
• 10 minutes to go!
• AAPL: $124.99, -$0.90 (-0.72%) @ 11:33AM EDT

Streamed directly from Apple Park, the keynote address is also available via apple.com, the Apple Developer app, the Apple TV app, and YouTube, with on-demand playback available after the conclusion of the stream.

26 Comments

    1. Where have you been? Emoji are apparently Apple’s main focus for innovation since Tim took over. The iPhone used to be a great compliment an actual grown up workflow now it is pretty much a social media toy for teens. This is not an endorsement of Android etc. – the sad fact is, they are much worse, and Apple is the only game in town if one actually care about anything ethical, and that’s pretty bloody sad.

    2. I always thought the Chinese were humans?

      This is a serious contradiction–a fundamental contradiction–either in definition, or truthfulness/integrity.

      I know, I know…it’s hard to be in a financial rock and a hard place, but the CLAIM….

    3. Yes, indeed.

      Tim Cook’s Apple is for kiddies and giddy girls with rainbow colors, emojis for social media mob gossips and narcissistic egos.

      Gone is the magic and pride from owning Pro equipment and an OS every couple years. Now a major PITA to learn a new OS all over again once a year, if you update yearly many do not.

      Cook put users on a treadmill always running to catch up. Businesses do not update OS, software and hardware on a yearly basis, more like 3-5 years and many every decade.

      Cook would not know how it works in business, he looks forward to a new shiny iPad and iPhone every year under the Christmas tree.

      His keynotes are particularly painful to watch. Straining to drum up excitement with a monotone wooden delivery and about as interesting as wet plywood…

  1. I used to love watching the keynotes, I loved the company, I loved their products. These days I don’t bother, it’s more a question of how much will their announcements make me cringe? Should i just go full commando Linux at this point? I really wish I were excited, because I really used to be. It is astonishing to me that Apple used to be a company for which I was proud to put a sticker on my car, and did, and now I would be embarrassed and throw said stickers away. I use their stuff because technology is a necessity in the 21st century, and they are the lesser evil. That’s it.

    1. Totally agree. This years keynote was possibly the most boring I’ve ever watched. It was too slow and the innovations weren’t all that interesting

  2. 70 minutes in and so far it is a real yawner mixed with high school video class. Nothing they have announced is anything special. Maybe Apple needs to skip update for a year and simply fix the bugs that never get fixed.

    Watch faces, facetime and having your risk of falling shared are amongst the items Apple is choosing to highlight? Wow. That’s pretty bad.

    1. Yes, this the lamest most dissapointing WWDC of all time.

      No hints at new Apple products and all the intergration is not clear and confusing.

      Meh…

      1. Sorry you are disappointed. They spent 90-odd minutes not just “hinting” but actually announcing and demonstrating new Apple products—the operating systems that are the company’s most distinctive core products. I suppose they could have dumbed down the presentation to avoid making things “not clear and confusing” to consumers, but the target audience at the Developer’s Conference is not ordinary consumers, but the developers who will actually be implementing the integration and other features. We won’t see the final products until they are released months from now.

        Apple has been holding WWDC for 38 years and there have only been Apple hardware announcements at about 5 of them. It is a conference for software developers. In the early days, new hardware got announced at MacWorld, which had a consumer focus. More recently, hardware has mostly been announced at special events. Anybody who was expecting a bunch of new hardware at this Conference hasn’t been listening to the last 37 of them.

        1. I did not bother to read the Apple APOLOGIST tedious post. Not interested in fanboy opinion and propaganda — only critical thinking from honest reviews that call it like it is…

  3. Did anybody notice whether the new Safari is still going to support windows, as opposed to tabs? All the emphasis seemed to be on managing a large number of tabs. My wife has been known to have over a hundred windows open in the background at once, which would be utterly unmanageable with tabs. I often have multiple windows open on screen at once (that’s kind of the point of using a Mac rather than iPadOS), which obviously does not work with tabs.

      1. Big assumption. The Keynote suggested that each tab group is arranged in a single row across the screen, with the size of the tab button and visible text adjusted to the number of tabs in the group. That is basically what happens with tabs now, except that the active tab is not also carrying the search field and menu items.

        The window icon in the current Safari opens a view with all the windows in a grid with thumbnails of the content. The Keynote seemed to show that icon disappearing and there is no mention of windows in any of the Apple PR material about the new Safari features. That suggests that tabs now must be grouped into tab groups, rather than into windows, and that there is no way to view the groups or tabs graphically. Unless you know exactly what you are looking for, you have to read down the list of groups and across the list of tabs in each group. Each time you open a new tab, you need to place it into an appropriate group if you don’t want to crowd the tab bar.

        There is a reason that the ‘g” in GUI stands for “graphical,” rather than ‘textual.” They are fundamentally different approaches to a user interface. My wife has dyslexia, so she is a lot faster at recognizing visual patterns than at reading a list of text items. That’s why she leaves windows open instead of creating bookmarks for them.

  4. Besides the emoji audience, you can see the impact of COVID on what was developed. There was a lot of focus on how apps, people and devices all connect and interact with each other which requires a lot of collaboration and under-the-hood engineering.

    I didn’t have any “wow” moments myself but I saw a lot of strong moves and some things I asked for like in iPadOS the ability to select any application for multi-tasking instead of having to load an app in the dock first.

  5. Pretty much just an infomercial showing how well the various product managers, and chief salesman Craig Federghi, focus on selling product, software and ideas more than introducing innovation and explaining form, function and technology. Sad, very sad compared to the WWDCs of the not so distant past. Cook looked like a defeated beige box salesman, tired of selling the new variety of soda with a better fizz. Most developers would do well to avoid the keynote and just attend breakouts.

  6. Impressive technology, but Apple’s Keynotes are becoming increasingly tedious to watch. Watching all these new social-contact features was like watching more ways to skin a dead cat.

  7. The Apple presenters all seem not quite human. Almost. Mechanical and devoid of souls. Almost like human looking emojis. This was the absolute worst and emptiest Apple Event ever. Time to sell the stock.

      1. Apple fanboy feelings are HURT, BooHoo. Kent is spot on regarding the mechanical presentations. So sorry you can’t handle the truth, grab another tissue…

  8. the once great Apple keynote was so dull and painful to watch. The magic is gone. I remember so looking forward to Mac World and the WWDC keynote.

  9. Apple is acquiring the patina of old Microsoft (don’t know about the new Microsoft). Confusing software and the arrogant assumption that we should be impressed.

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