Apple has confirmed that its first-ever virtual Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off on June 22, where the firm will show off new iterations of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS and give beta access to developers who create compatible products and software.
With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic causing shockwaves around the world and with all-but-essential travel in many countries banned temporarily, the company was left with no choice but to take its event online.
Others, like Google and Facebook, have canceled their upcoming events.
WWDC20 will be available in the Apple Developer app on the Apple Developer site for all developers for free, and it’s expected that the “main keynote event” will be free for all to view.
Speaking of the upcoming presentation, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said that WWDC20 would be Apple’s “biggest yet”, adding that the new virtual format would be “bringing together our global developer community of more than 23 million in an unprecedented way to learn about the future of Apple platforms.”
“We can’t wait to meet with the global developer community and share with them all of the tools we’ve been working on to help them create even more incredible apps and services,” he added. “We look forward to sharing more with everyone as we get closer to this event.”
Alongside WWDC20, Apple confirmed that its Swift Student Challenge would be taking submissions through May 17, which recognizes and celebrates young developers and their talents.
Students are encouraged to create and submit an interactive scene in the Swift Playground app that can be experienced in three minutes, and the winners will receive an exclusive WWDC20 jacket and a pin set.
As we get closer to WWDC20, we’ll be bringing you all of the latest news and rumors right here, and of course, we’ll be covering the event and sharing the latest innovations in all of the company’s operating systems, and indeed cover the rumored hardware announcements.