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Apple’s WWDC 2020 will have more people watching than ever before

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Developers now know Apple’s mighty WWDC show will take place for free online starting on June 22. Apple IT administrators also know another important show, JNUC, will also be held online this year. We’re losing precious opportunities for personal connection, but there’s some big advantages here.

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I’ve attended both events in the past. I learn a great deal from doing so, meet fantastic people and get a real sense of where Apple’s technologies are going. I value the time there highly; I think everyone who attends feels the same.

But the fact is that despite the loss of that personal connection this year, many people never get the chance to attend either event. It will never be possible for the company to host an event for all of its 23 million registered developers in any way other than online.

That’s why Apple already makes most of its sessions and keynotes available to developers in the app and online. It is simply extending that availability this year.

It is also relevant to note that Jamf announced its JNUC plans just 24 hours before Apple shared more insight into its intentions for WWDC. JNUC is a key event for Apple-based IT administrators, and while I could be reading to much into the proximity of these announcements, I’ve a strong hunch I’m on the right track.

This will not be trivial.

WWDC is already an online show

With this in mind, while the move to make WWDC an online event is a big deal in some respects, it’s not in others. 

What’s different this year is that the engineering workshops, hands-on sessions and one-to-one time with engineers at the show should also become virtual. Those will be a little harder to virtualize, but it’s far from impossible.

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