One of Apple's biggest events of the year is going online only, amid concerns about the novel that's been labeled a by the World Health Organization. Apple said its new online Worldwide Developers Conference will allow it to connect with "millions of developers."
"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," Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said in a statement. Apple counts 23 million registered developers in more than 155 countries.
"We will be sharing all of the details in the weeks ahead," Schiller added. The event, but Apple hasn't yet announced exact dates for WWDC 2020. CNET's global team will cover WWDC, as well , just as we always do -- by providing real-time updates, commentary and analysis you can only get here.
Apple is just the latest in a string of companies Facebook and Google have also their respective developer , which were planned for the spring. Large organizations too have scuttled their plans, including the annual in Texas, the in San Francisco and the in Los Angeles. Even .as the coronavirus has spread around the world. Other companies like the internet giants
Apple typically uses its WWDC to announce new iOS software with expanded features for its iPhones and iPads, usually released alongside new smartphones in the fall. It also often announces new Mac software, and sometimes devices like the desktop and , both unveiled at last year's event.
The company's been holding its WWDC at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, which it moved to after outgrowing the space at San Francisco's Moscone West. Apple said it will commit $1 million to local San Jose organizations to offset revenue lost from moving to the online-only format this year.