Apple has just announced that its WWDC Developers Conference will take place in June but this year it will be an online event only. The firm usually hosts thousands of developers who make the trip to California to see all of Apple’s software innovations and updates.
However, with the Coronavirus outbreak continuing to wreak havoc across the world, it seems Apple has had to follow the likes of Google and Facebook by cancelling its usual packed event.
Now in its 31st year, Apple says that WWDC 2020 will take on an entirely new online format and will be full with content for consumers, press and developers alike.
WWDC is where the US technology firm always reveals what’s next for its products such as the iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac.
If the usual format is followed then the main event will be iOS 14 which could bring a swathe of upgrades to the ever-popular iPhone. Last year we saw iOS 13 include a Dark mode, updates to the Health app and improvements to Siri.
“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, 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.”
And Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi added: “With all of the new products and technologies we’ve been working on, WWDC 2020 is going to be big.“
“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 also announced it will commit $1 million to local San Jose organisations to offset associated revenue loss as a result of WWDC 2020’s new online format.
Apple isn’t the only tech company that has been forced into changing its plans for 2020.
Google recently announced that it has dropped plans to host developers from across the world at its annual Google IO conference in Mountain View, California.
In a statement, Google noted: “Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre.”