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’ll embed the livestream once it’s available, so you can watch it here. 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:
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 on a Mac
After the keynote’s initial airing, it will be available in Apple’s TV and Podcasts apps.
How to watch the WWDC 2023 keynote on iPhone or iPad
How to watch the WWDC 2023 keynote on Apple TV
You can watch the keynote via the TV app, which means you’ll need an Apple TV that supports the App Store and has the TV app.
Previously Apple hosted the WWDC keynote inside a dedicated Events app on the Apple TV but that app has since been made redundant. Instead, the keynote will appear as an option within the TV app.
How to watch the WWDC 2023 keynote on a PC
PC owners will need Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 to watch on Apple’s site. Or they can watch using YouTube as above.
How to watch the WWDC keynote on anything else…
Apple says other platforms may be able to access the stream using recent versions of Chrome or Firefox (MSE, H.264, and AAC required).
To watch, visit the Apple Events page.
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.
How to register as a developer
To register as a developer and gain access to the online components of WWDC (and qualify for the ticket lottery next year), head over to the Apple Developer Program registration page and click Start Your Enrollment at the bottom of the page. We run through the process here: How to join Apple’s beta program.
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.