Developers can now register for WWDC21's Digital Lounges

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Wwdc Digital Lounge Artwork (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Developers can now register for WWDC Digital Lounges.
  • Apple engineers and designers will be available throughout the week for text-based help.

With WWDC21 now just a matter of days away Apple has opened up developer registration for different Digital Lounges that are on offer.

The Digital Lounges are a way for developers to speak with Apple engineers and designers on a range of topics, including tools, accessibility, and more. If it's something to do with getting an app into the App Store, there will very likely be some help at hand for it.

Join Apple engineers and designers throughout the week as they host text-based Q&As and special activities related to developer tools, SwiftUI, accessibility, and machine learning. A small number of Digital Lounges are offered for the first time this year and attendance is limited.

Anyone can sign up for a Digital Lounge so long as they're a current member of the Apple Developer Program or the Apple Developer Enterprise Program, or are a WWDC21 Swift Student Challenge winner.

Signing up for a Digital Lounge is easy and can be done via the Apple developer web portal. All lounges will be conducted in English.

This year's WWDC is the second online affair thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and while Apple seems to be doing a good job of dealing with the situation, I'm sure most developers will be eager to get back to face-to-face meetings with engineers and designers. Hopefully WWDC22 will be a different story to the last two years.

There is some talk that this WWDC could also see some new hardware announcements, including new AirPods. Until then, here are some of the best AirPods deals you're likely to find anywhere online.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.