Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2020 will take place this June with an all-new online format. Apple made the announcement today that, while they will still host their annual conference in June, the show will be entirely online with content for consumers, press, and developers.
The online event will give the public early access to the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Apple states that the decision to move WWDC to an online format is an attempt to reach millions of developers around the world with a focus on the current health situation with novel coronavirus COVID-19 which has caused the cancellations and delays of countless other conferences, including GDC, CES Asia, and even E3.
WWDC 2020’s program will provide “a fully packed program — including Keynote and sessions — to gain early access to the future of Apple platforms and engage with Apple engineers. Dive into an exciting learning experience and discover how to create your most innovative apps yet using the latest Apple technologies.”
Apple is also committing $1 Million to local San Jose organizations to offset the revenue loss as a result of WWDC 2020’s online only format this year. Which is actually a pretty nice gesture from the company.
“We are delivering WWDC 2020 this June in an innovative way to millions of developers around the world, bringing the entire developer community together with a new experience,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The current health situation has required that we create a new WWDC 2020 format that delivers a full program with an online keynote and sessions, offering a great learning experience for our entire developer community, all around the world. We will be sharing all of the details in the weeks ahead.”
“With all of the new products and technologies we’ve been working on, WWDC 2020 is going to be big,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “I look forward to our developers getting their hands on the new code and interacting in entirely new ways with the Apple engineers building the technologies and frameworks that will shape the future across all Apple platforms.”