It’s been expected due to the coronavirus outbreak, but now it’s official. Apple says it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June in a new online format “packed with content for consumers, press and developers alike.” The exact date hasn’t been announced.
The online event will be an opportunity for millions of creative and innovative developers to get early access to the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, and engage with Apple engineers as they work to build app experiences that enrich the lives of Apple customers around the globe, says Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in a press release.
“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,” he adds. “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,” adds 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.”
Additional program information will be shared between now and June by email, in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website. Apple also announced it will commit $1 million to local San Jose organizations to offset associated revenue loss as a result of WWDC 2020’s new online format.