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Even though some countries are making good progress with deploying vaccinations and reducing cases, there was little doubt that this year’s WWDC would be virtual again rather than in-person. So it was no surprise to see the announcement this week of another all-virtual WWDC starting on June 7th. 🚀

Apple is also bringing back the Swift Student Challenge for 2021. You have until April 18th to get your submissions in, so I’d get started now if you’d like to participate!

I already talked about my hopes for this year, so I’m excited to see what the Xcode team has achieved!

So, what should you do in the next few weeks before the event? I liked this advice from Simon Støvring, especially the part about auditing your dependencies. There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to move forward with new features because you have a dead dependency at the core of your app.

Oh, and if you miss travelling to the conference, maybe you could also make that virtual this year? ✈️

I can’t wait to see what Apple have in store for us!

Dave Verwer

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Insiders

You might remember that I announced something extra on top of the newsletter last week. iOS Dev Weekly Insiders. I’m delighted to say it was a successful launch, and I want to thank the 61(!!) people who signed up already. Incredible! ❤️

We had the first Insider call on Monday, which turned into a fun discussion around the App Store and touched on the Mac App Store, side loading and alternate stores as well.

I planned to shout out everyone who signed up all at once, but reading a wall of 60+ names isn’t the best, so I’m going to do five a week until I run out! So, my thanks this week go to Morten Gregersen, Collin Beck, Charletta Bullard, Ethan Huang, and Nikolay Volosatov!

This week’s Insider call is in a few hours and will cover WWDC hopes and predictions, amongst other things. If you’d like to be there, there’s still time to sign up as an Insider.

And finally...

What’s that on your screen? 👀

I’ve been enjoying Neil Sardesai’s tweets for a while now, so if you like the sound of camera-shy windows, games built entirely of windows, windows that replicate, or use physics, games that run in a dock icon, animated dock icons, a Finder face that follows you, or a battery monitor with personality then he’s absolutely worth a follow!