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WWDC 2023 live blog: Apple Vision Pro VR headset, new Macs, iOS 17 and more

All the news from Apple's WWDC 2023 keynote.

Apple WWDC 2023 invite with an iPhone 14 Pro and Apple VR headset render over the top
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The Apple WWDC 2023 keynote address is now over, but you can catch up on everything you missed via the updates in our live blog below. We were posting live through the keynote, which began at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST on Monday 5 June.

From Apple Park in Cupertino, California, Apple introduced us to a new 15-inch MacBook Air, MacStudio M2 Ultra, MacPro M2 Ultra and the highlights of its operating system updates: iOS 17, iPadOS 17, MacOS Sonoma and WatchOS 10. But the most dramatic news by far was saved for the end of the presentation with the big reveal of Apple Vision Pro, the company's long awaited AR/VR headset, which Apple says it's been working towards for years.

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Apple VR headset; a VR headset from behind looking through the glass

A fan-made render of Apple's rumoured VR headset  (Image credit: Antonio de Rosa / Apple (logo))

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A more certain topic than the VR headset is Apple's announcement of iOS 17. Given the WWDC has included information about the next software release every year for the last few, we fully expect to be caught up on what the genius Apple software developers have been up to – and what's in store for the next update. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking at Apple WWDC 2022

CEO Tim Cook speaking at Apple's WWDC 2022 (Image credit: Apple)

Apple WWDC 2023 like animation

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HTC Vive, a potential rival to the Apple Reality Pro VR headset

If Apple does announce Reality Pro at WWDC, we hope it will look a little sleeker than the HTC Vive (Image credit: HTC)

Let's talk about the important stuff. If we do get a demonstration of Apple's new VR headset, aside from the headset itself what might that look like? Where will the demonstration take us? It's got to be something pretty epic to show off the new tech. I'm thinking maybe we'll see dinosaurs or an under the sea scene? Or will Apple focus in on the creative applications of such a headset? (We do hope so.) 

The doors of WWDC are now open and people are taking their seats. It looks as if the event will be pre-recorded, as it was last year, by the looks of the giant screen, but will there be a 'live' element too? Having someone demonstrate things live, especially if those things are shiny new headsets, would definitely add a certain something to the proceedings. Otherwise, what's the benefit of actually being at the keynote rather than watching it on YouTube? Or are we just annoyed we don't live close enough to California to wangle an invite (that must be the reason we're not there, right?). 

There are just 30 minutes to go and the clock is counting down on the live YouTube stream (see above). Diehard Apple fans are sharing photos of their viewing setups on Twitter (now if only Apple made desk chairs and mugs...).

Our sister site Techradar's man on the ground is reporting that the atmosphere at Apple Park in California is more electric than it has been for several years, although that may be partly due to the weather.... hold on, why did they get press passes for the event while we're reporting from the office?

Here's some design commentary on that WWDC 2023 'like' animation we mentioned a moment ago. The designer Andreas Storm reckons Apple took the old Twitter heart as the base icon for the design.

Here we go! The Apple WWDC 2023 feed is live. Some 429,254 are watching a man chasing a bubble through a fountain in the intro film.

Tim Cook is speaking from under a giant rainbow in a sunny Apple Park, and he's promising some of Apple's "biggest announcements ever". First up, Macs.

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Apple's just announced an upcoming 15in Apple MacBook Air (Image credit: Apple)

The 15-inch MacBook Air specs as revealed as WWDC (Image credit: Apple)

Quite an entrance from Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. He's talking about iOS 17.

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Name Drop on iOS 17

Name Drop on iOS 17 (Image credit: Apple)

Mac Studio M2 Ultra and Max

Mac Studio M2 Ultra and Max (Image credit: Apple)

MacPro M2 Ultra

MacPro M2 Ultra (Image credit: Apple)

iPad OS

iPad OS updates (Image credit: Apple)

MacOs Sonoma

MacOs Sonoma (Image credit: Apple)

SharePlay

SharePlay for cars (Image credit: Future)

WatchOS

WatchOS 10 brings Snoopy and Woodstock to Apple Watch (Image credit: Future)

Apple Vision Pro

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Apple Vision Pro

Apple Vision Pro (Image credit: Apple)

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Disney Plus will be available on Apple Vision Pro (Image credit: Apple)

Apple Vision Pro

Apple Vision Pro (Image credit: Apple)

Apple Vision Pro

Apple Vision Pro: augmented reality = augmented price (Image credit: Apple)

The new 15-inch MacBook Air announced at WWDC 2023

The new 15-inch MacBook Air announced at WWDC 2023 (Image credit: Apple)