How To: Watch Apple's WWDC 2021 Keynote Livestream for Sneak Peeks at iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12 & More

Watch Apple's WWDC 2021 Keynote Livestream for Sneak Peeks at iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12 & More

On June 7, Apple will reveal to developers what's in store for its upcoming operating systems, but anyone can watch the livestream to see all the new features coming this fall to iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, tvOS 15, and watchOS 8.

For the second year in a row, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference will be an all-digital event. The coronavirus threat is still a health hazard, and that means no indoor WWDC21 gatherings for developers to get in-person incite on how to prepare their apps for the next big OS versions.

However, developers will still be able to access all of the events remotely. So anyone that's a part of the Apple Developer Program can watch the keynote and Platforms State of the Union, as well as get access to in-depth video sessions, one-on-one labs, engineers in the Apple Developer Forums, special activities, and more.

If you're not a developer, you can still watch the keynote and Platforms State of the Union from anywhere, as long as you have a compatible device with access to the internet. You can also browse the Apple Developer Forums, but you'll need a developer account to ask questions.

WWDC 2021 Timeline

How to Stream the WWDC21 Keynote

The keynote and Platforms State of the Union can be watched by anyone with a compatible device and access to the internet. The big places to watch from are from Apple's website and YouTube channel (the latter embedded below for your convenience):

Optimal Ways to Stream

  • Apple.com via iPhone 7 or later using Safari on iOS 12 or later
  • Apple.com via iPad (5th generation or later) using Safari on iOS 12 or later
  • Apple.com via iPod touch (7th generation) using Safari on iOS 12 or later
  • Apple.com via Mac using Safari on macOS Mojave 10.14 or later
  • Using the Apple Developer app on Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV
  • Using the Apple TV app on Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV
  • Using the Apple Events channel on Apple TV

Other Ways to Stream

  • Apple.com via any computer, smartphone, or tablet using recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge that supports MSE (Media Service Extensions), H.264 (video), and AAC required (audio)
  • AirPlay to a TV using an Apple TV (2nd generation or later) or an AirPlay 2–capable device with the latest Apple TV software
  • Using the Apple TV app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Google TV
  • Using the Apple TV app on Samsung, LG, Vizio, and Sony smart TVs
  • Using the Apple TV app on PlayStation or Xbox gaming consoles
  • Using the Apple TV app on Android smartphones
  • From Apple's YouTube channel using the YouTube app for iOS, iPadOS, Android, and other platforms

How to Watch & Join Developer-Specific Events

If you're a developer, many of the above requirements and ways apply for all the sessions and contests beyond the keynote. The Apple Developer app for Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV is one way, and the other is to go to Apple's developer website at:

Unlike the in-person event, it's all free if you have a developer account. Apple typically charged around $1,600 per ticket to attend WWDC in person, but online and free may be here to stay.

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