While many major tech conferences are shutting their doors this year due to public health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, Apple won't be cancelling its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) just yet. Instead, the company is taking things online.
Apple will host WWDC 2020 this coming June in an entirely online format that will include content for consumers, developers, and members of the press.
The event, which will mark the 31st WWDC, will bring together (virtually) creative developers so they can get early access to features and opportunities relating to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. They will also be able to engage with Apple engineers as they work to build innovative app experiences.
"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," confirms 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," adds Craig Federighi, Apple's Senior Vice Oresident 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."
Apple's global developer community now includes more than 23 million registered developers in more than 155 countries and regions, all of whom will get the insights and tools needed to develop new apps from WWDC 2020.
Additional program information will be shared between now and June by e-mail, in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website.
Apple also announced it will commit US$1 million to local San Jose organizations to offset associated revenue loss as a result of WWDC 2020's new online format.
Several other tech conferences, including Collision Conference and Adobe Summit, will be turning their events into virtual ones this year versus canceling them outright.