Apple announces WWDC 2020 as ‘new online experience’ scheduled for June
Breaking News: Apple has officially announced WWDC 2020, revealing that this year the conference will be a digital-only event held in June with no physical gathering due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus around the world.
Apple will offer a “new online experience” for its annual World Wide Developers Conference, touting that the online event, expected to see the company drop the curtain on its next generation operating systems, will be “packed with content”, with Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering teasing the release of new hardware in a post to the Apple Newsroom on Friday.
An official date for the online-only WWDC is yet to be confirmed, with Apple saying developers should stay tuned for further details arriving in the coming weeks.
WWDC is set to see Apple unveil iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS 10.16, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7. As with previous years, beta versions of the software will be available to developers and registered public beta testers after the event, allowing users to get their hands on the software early ahead of its official public release towards the end of the year.
In addition to announcing its new digital event, Apple has pledged to donate $1 million to local San Jose organizations to offset the associated revenue loss as a result of WWDC 2020’s online format.
“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 … We will be sharing all of the details in the weeks ahead.”