Apple has made official the date of the opening keynote of WWDC 2020, which for the first time, will be held exclusively online due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Apple will only host the annual Worldwide Developers Conference dedicated to developers around the world. The sessions are scheduled to open on June 22, when Apple will also present all the software news starting from iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. All sessions for developers will be available for free in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer site. The company will present all the news of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
Apple also announced the Swift Student Challenge, an opportunity for students to showcase their passion for coding by creating a Swift playground.
“WWDC20 will be our biggest yet, bringing together our global developer community of more than 23 million in an unprecedented way for a week in June to learn about the future of Apple platforms,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We can’t wait to meet online in June with the global developer community and share with them all of the new tools we’ve been working on to help them create even more incredible apps and services. We look forward to sharing more details about WWDC20 with everyone as we get closer to this exciting event.
This is echoed by Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering: “
“Students are an integral part of the Apple developer community, and last year WWDC saw attendance from more than 350 student developers spanning 37 different countries,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “As we look forward to WWDC20, although our gathering will be virtual this year, we want to recognize and celebrate the creative contributions of our young developers from around the world. We can’t wait to see this next generation of innovative thinkers turn their ideas into a reality through the Swift Student Challenge.“
Developers can download the Apple Developer app, where more information about the WWDC20 program will be shared in June, including details related to Keynote, Platforms State of the Union, sessions, workshops, and more. The information will also be available on the Apple Developer site and communicated via email.
With these statements, Apple formalizes the date of the first virtual WWDC. The company had probably foreseen the beginning of June as the date of the conference, but the ongoing pandemic has certainly slowed the development of iOS 14 and all the other operating systems because of the release of the first beta.