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I just got an email about the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC21), June 7 - 11.

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is coming to a screen near you, June 7 to 11. Join the worldwide developer community for an all-online program with exciting announcements, sessions, and labs at no cost. You’ll get a first look at the latest Apple platforms, tools, and technologies — so you can create your most innovative apps and games yet.

What caught my eye was the Swift Student Challenge

We continue our long-standing tradition of supporting students who love to code with this year’s exciting Swift Student Challenge. Showcase your passion for coding by creating an incredible Swift playground on the topic of your choice. Winners will receive exclusive WWDC21 outerwear, a customized pin set, and one year of membership in the Apple Developer Program. This challenge is open to students around the world.

  • Submissions open on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 6:00 a.m. PDT.
  • Deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 18, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
  • Applicants can view their status by end of business day on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

WWDC 2020 details


Apple have released more details of the lineup for the 2020 WWDC, for the first time ever this will be an online only event.

I suspect many will be interested in the Special Event Keynote and Platforms State of the Union.

Special Event Keynote June 22, 10 a.m. PDT
Platforms State of the Union June 22, 2 p.m. PDT

I'm also looking forward to hearing about the entries to the Swift Student Challenge

Showcase your love of coding by creating an incredible Swift playground on the topic of your choice. Winners will receive an exclusive WWDC20 jacket and pin set. This challenge is open to students around the world.

Now would be a good time to download the Apple Developer App to find out what is planned.

I see that MacRumours has a good roundup of all the gossip around what might be announced.


WWDC 2020 June 22nd


The 31st Apple WWDC will take place just over a month from now. This normally a hugely over-subscribed event with a lottery deciding who gets to attend. This year things will be different, it will be an online event that can be accessible to millions around the globe.


Now would be a good time to download the Apple Developer App to find out what is planned.


WWDC 2018


The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference takes place in San Jose, CA, June 4–8. The opportunity to buy tickets to WWDC18 is offered by random selection. Registration is open until Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. PDT

To register, you must be a member of the Apple Developer Program or Apple Developer Enterprise Program as of March 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. PDT, and agree to the WWDC18 Registration and Attendance Policy. Your membership must be current, valid, and in good standing from this date until the end of WWDC18.


Apple WWDC 2017


Apple have announced the date and venue for the 2017 World Wide Developers Conference. WWDC will take place June 5-9, 2017 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, USA.


Registration opens Monday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. The opportunity to buy tickets to WWDC17 will be offered by random selection. To register, you must be a member of the Apple Developer Program or Apple Developer Enterprise Program. Tickets sell out very quickly so put an alert in your calendar now.


WWDC hardware rumour 3. MacPro


With the Apple WWDC just around the corner it is fun to look at the current hardware rumours. The latest MacPro was first disclosed at the WWDC in 2013 and so it perhaps is due for an update. That said I’m currently using a MacPro as the desktop workhorse for my work and I’m really impressed, to be honest I can’t see a compelling need for extra performance.

Intel's Xeon E3-1200 V4 (Broadwell) and the equivalent E3-1200 V5 (Skylake) Xeon processors have been launched, and so an upgrade to the CPU would seem to be an obvious step. GPU provides a more interesting discussion, the existing MacPro has either Dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics processors with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM each or dual AMD FirePro D700, each with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM. However Nvidia introduced a new GPU the Tesla P100, based on its new Pascal architecture and targeted at high-performance computing.

Currently there are 4 USB ports and 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports on the Mac Pro, I’m finding the Thunderbolt 2 ports are unused so the rumours suggesting 10 USB 3.0 ports seem plausible, but Thunderbolt 3 must be included surely?

One thing I’d like to see is the RAM increased, currently the MacPro can accommodate a maximum of 64GB (four slots of 16GB), I’ve managed to max that out on numerous occasions.


WWDC hardware rumour 2. MacBook Pro


With the Apple WWDC just around the corner it is fun to look at the current hardware rumours. The MacBook Pro currently looks well overdue for an update and so there are plenty of rumours about an imminent update.

One of the more intriguing suggestions is that an OLED display touch bar will replace the physical function keys, this would presumably allow developers to create and display custom application specific function keys. The other rumours suggest a thinner and lighter form factor resulting in elimination of all but USB-C ports. Connectivity could be enhanced by incorporation of 4G.

The current MacBook Pro processor is now rather out-dated, and a move to Intel Skylake processors seems certain, this might be expected to improve both performance and battery life.

Upgrades to both GPU and display have all been suggested in various rumours with some suggesting the introduction of a touchscreen. Personally I’d keep touchscreen with tablets, but with more scientific applications using the GPU to improve performance this could be an important upgrade.

There have also been rumours of introducing touchID into the laptops as an extra security measure.


WWDC hardware rumour 1. New Display


With the Apple WWDC just around the corner it is fun to look at the current hardware rumours. Just reported on Slashdot

MojoKid quotes a report from HotHardware: If you head over to Apple's website, the Cupertino outfit will happily sell you a 27-inch Thunderbolt display for $999, at least until its inventory runs out. Word on the web is that it's nearly out of stock and Apple doesn't plan to replenish them. Instead, Apple will launch a new version of its Thunderbolt monitor, one that's been upgraded to a 5K resolution and has a discrete GPU stuffed inside. It's an interesting product actually, if you think about it. Depending on the task, it can take some serious graphics muscle to drive a 5K resolution display. It amounts to over 14.7 million pixels (5120x2880), compared to Apple's current generation Thunderbolt display which runs at 2560x1440, or less than 3.7 million pixels. Apple's thinking is likely that if it integrates a GPU capable of driving a 5K resolution into the display itself, it won't have to worry about trying to balance graphics performance with thin and light designs for its future Mac systems.


Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference


Apple today announced that it will hold its 27th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) from June 13 through 17 in San Francisco.

Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website ( now through Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Tickets will be issued to attendees through a random selection process, and developers will be notified on the status of their application by Monday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. For the second consecutive year, there will be up to 350 WWDC Scholarships available, giving students and STEM organization members from around the world an opportunity to earn a ticket to meet and collaborate with some of the most talented developers of Apple’s ever-growing app ecosystem ( Additionally, this year, we will provide travel assistance to up to 125 scholarship recipients to ensure aspiring developers with financial limitations have an opportunity to participate.


WWDC and Core Plot

Core plot at WWDC
“Core Plot is intended to be a plotting framework for Mac OS X and iPhone OS. The aim is to provide 2D visualization of data, and is tightly integrated with Apple technologies like Core Animation, Core Data, and Cocoa Bindings.”

Scientific Programming

WWDC scientific computing.


Apple’s five day Worldwide Developers Conference 2009 takes place on June 8-12 at Moscone West San Francisco, get your ticket by April 24th and save money. Given the huge increase in MacOSX and iPhone development it might be worth booking your slot now, tickets are available from the Apple Online Store.

Remember the WWDC 2009 Student Scholarship provides ADC Student Members and student Team Members in the iPhone Developer University Program the opportunity to get a free pass to attend WWDC.
If you want to submit your application for the 12th Annual Design Awards note the closing date is April 27th.