Apple WWDC 2020: Everything you need to know about the online developers conference
WWDC will be held online for the first time next week, and open to more people. Here's what we know so far.
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31st annual Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off next Monday, June 22. The conference will take place entirely online due to the coronavirus pandemic, allowing millions of developers to get early access to upcoming updates for
, iPadOS, MacOS, WatchOS and TVOS and learn from Apple engineers.
We've rounded up everything you need to know about
2020 and its new online form. We'll continue to update this article as we count down the days until the big conference, so check back often.
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What is WWDC?
WWDC is Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, typically hosted every June in San Jose, California, in recent years. Developers who attend participate in five days of hands-on labs, presentations and sessions with Apple engineers.
Apple executives usually kick off the event with a keynote address, often announcing new iOS software and expanded features for
, usually released with new
in the fall. Executives also often announce new Mac software and sometimes devices, too. At WWDC 2019, Apple unveiled a new Mac Pro and
Pro Display XDR
, iOS 13 with a dark mode, MacOS Catalina and iPadOS.
When is WWDC 2020?
WWDC 2020 will take place entirely online, and will run from Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26.
What time does the WWDC 2020 keynote start?
The WWDC Special Event Keynote will take place on Monday, June 22, at 10 a.m. PT. The Platforms State of the Union talk will take place at 2 p.m. PT that day.
Members of the Apple Developer Program and the Apple Developer Enterprise Program, as well as Swift Student Challenge winners, can connect with Apple engineers at the conference if they are signed into their Apple Developer Program account (which costs $99 a year).
WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote
WWDC is usually limited to around 5,000 developer attendees, who can buy $1,599 tickets for the five-day event based on random selection. Keynotes and sessions were typically live streamed. This year, millions of developers will be able to participate virtually for free, and engage with Apple engineers as they work on apps.
Apple's global developer community includes more than 23 million registered developers in more than 155 countries and regions.
Apple is far from alone on the canceled event front: A number of tech companies, including Facebook and Google, have also canceled their respective developer events planned for this spring.
Do you have to be a professional developer to participate?
Nope. Apple enthusiasts can sit in on keynotes and sessions to learn more about app development and the latest news from the company. Or they can participate in the Swift Student Challenge, a new coding contest for student developers of any age across the globe to build an interactive scene that can be experienced in three minutes or less (submissions closed in May). The contest winners will get a WWDC20 jacket and pin set, and will be notified by this Tuesday.
The Swift Student Challenge replaces the annual WWDC Scholars program that Apple awards annually to 350 students, based on their Swift Playgrounds submissions. Winners of that program typically receive free admission to WWDC, as well as travel and accommodations and a one-year membership to the Apple Developer Program. Past scholars have ranged in age from 9 to 82.
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