WWDC 2020 date set: Apple’s (online-only) designer conference begins June 22

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Apple’s WWDC will be rather various as millions shelter in location.


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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, among its greatest occasions of the year, is moving online and will be hung on June 22, amidst issues about the book coronavirus and social distancing steps that continue to be extended throughout Silicon Valley. Apple likewise stated that WWDC will be complimentary for all designers to gain access to through its designer app and site.

Apple earlier revealed that the occasion, which usually occurs in early June and exposes brand-new software application for iPhones, iPads and Mac computer systems, would shift to being online-only as its native San Francisco Bay Area started setting up lockdowns. CNET’s international group will cover WWDC, along with other conferences that have actually moved online, simply as we constantly do — by offering real-time updates, commentary and analysis you can just get here.


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Apple is just the latest in a string of companies shifting or canceling events as the coronavirus has spread around the world. The virus, for which there is no approved vaccine or cure, has killed more than 250,000 people worldwide, and infected more than 3.6 million people. Other companies like the internet giants Facebook and Google have also canceled their respective developer events, which were planned for the spring. Large organizations too have scuttled their plans, including the annual SXSW music and tech festival in Texas and the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Even Disneyland shut down.

Though Apple typically focuses on new software at its WWDC event each year, including updates to its iOS and MacOS operating systems, it does sometimes introduce devices as well. Last year, it unveiled its new $5,999 Mac Pro desktop and $4,999 Apple Pro Display XDR, aimed at professional artists, editors and coders.

Apple typically sponsors over 300 students from around the world to come to California for WWDC, based on a coding contest. This year, it’s doing a Swift Student Challenge instead, and the winning students will get WWDC swag.

Apple’s been holding WWDC at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center since 2017, which it moved to after outgrowing the space at San Francisco’s Moscone West. When the company announced plans to move WWDC online-only in March, it committed $1 million to local San Jose organizations to offset revenue lost from moving to the online-only format this year.

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