Apple’s yearly Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is a hugely important event, second in significance only to the company’s iPhone launch each fall. WWDC is important because, at the opening keynote presentation, we get to hear what Apple has in store for its various operating systems, and therefore for the devices that run them. If you own an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch or Apple TV, WWDC will be relevant to you, and we strongly recommend that you watch the keynote.
Fortunately you don’t need an invite. The keynote will be available online for everyone to watch live, or to stream later. We have embedded the livestream below, so you can watch it here once the event starts. There are other options too, and we outline these below.
If you’re interested in watching the keynote, here’s everything you need to know. You can read more about WWDC 2023, including the products we expect to launch, in a separate article.
When is the WWDC 2023 keynote?
The keynote kicks off WWDC at 10 a.m. PDT on June 5, 2023. The event will probably last about one to two hours. Here’s what that translates to around the world:
U.S.: 10 am (PDT); 11 am (MDT), noon (CDT), 1 pm (EDT)
Canada: 10 am (PDT); 11 am (MDT), noon (CDT), 1 pm EDT, 2 pm (ADT)
U.K.: 6 pm (BST)
Europe: 7 pm (CEST)
India: 10.30 pm (IST)
Singapore and China: June 6 at 1 am (CST)
Japan: June 6 at 2 am (JST)
Australia: June 6 at 1 am (AWST); 2.30 am (ACST); 3 am (AEST)
New Zealand: June 6 at 5 am (NZST)
How to watch the WWDC 2023 keynote
Apple will livestream the keynote presentation so anyone can watch, and we’ll embed the YouTube video above once it goes live. But there are other ways to watch the WWDC keynote depending on your device:
Watch via the TV app on an Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
In the past, Apple has also streamed the event live on Twitter. It doesn’t seem to be repeating this experiment, instead directing followers to apple.com, but there may well be tweets posted during the event.
When we get closer to the date of WWDC 2023 Apple’s special events page will have all the info you need, including the option to add it to your calendar.
How to watch the WWDC 2023 keynote at an Apple Store
In the past (pre-pandemic) local stores participated in broadcast events which the public was encouraged to sign up for on Apple’s website. Search for your local store to see if an event is happening.
Can I join WWDC 2023 sessions?
WWDC isn’t just the keynote. There are also in-depth sessions where developers can learn more about the various platforms and network with Apple staff and other members of the community. In the past, these sessions would have taken place in person; in the more recent past, Apple has allowed registered developers to access the WWDC sessions online. Keep an eye on Apple’s WWDC developer page for the latest details of the sessions running and how to access them. Developers are also encouraged to download the Apple Developer app for more information.
This year, as in 2022, there will be an in-person component to the event, and select invitees will be at Apple Park to watch the keynote ‘live’ (although the presentation will probably be a pre-recorded video). This means the lucky attendees will also get to attend the sessions in the flesh, along with a tour of the campus and other new perks. Tickets to this event were made available via a lottery, and this closed some time ago. If you haven’t heard by now, you’re not invited.
Registering as an Apple developer will give you access to support materials, and enable you to register Macs and iOS devices with Apple so you can use them to run testing software. You can sign in with your own Apple ID (recommended if you’re a single developer), or you can create an Apple ID just for the developer account (recommended if you’re developing for a company).
Apple charges $99 per year to be in the Developer Program. You may be able to have the fee waived if you meet the qualifications. Apple also provides of list of what tools and resources a membership provide.