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What do we expect from WWDC 2020? (Updated)

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Apple’s socially distanced WWDC event begins online in 14 days. Are you ready to take part and what can you expect from the show?

What has Apple told us so far?

Apple has promised a big event, and while the format will be very different from any previous show, the information emerging from it will set the scene for the next 12 months of the company’s platforms. It should be of interest to any of the many enterprises now deploying or considering deployment of Apple hardware.

Apple has promised to share “all the new tools” the company has been working on to help them build apps and services. The company has also committed to sharing more details concerning the event in advance of the show, so watch this space.

“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. 

Update: An Apple announcement June 11 shared much more information. The event will include a keynote address, the traditional Platforms State of the Union event, 100+ engineering sessions, all-new Developer Forums, 1-on-1 labs with more than 1,000 Apple engineers, and more.

How to take part

WWDC 2020 begins June 22 and will be hosted in the Apple Developer app and via the Apple Developer website. The keynote will also be made available via apple.com, the Apple TV app, and YouTube, and through the Apple TV events app. Apple is pushing student developers forward hard, announcing its “first-ever” Swift Student Challenge. The Apple Developer Program costs $99/year to join.

Some highlights may also be made available for access on Apple’s YouTube feed

What format will the show take?

The company is attempting to maintain social distancing, so it is likely at least some parts of what we see at WWDC this year will be captured at people’s homes.

However, perhaps wrongly, some nations in recent weeks have begun to loosen lockdown restrictions. And while a week is a long time in a pandemic, it’s possible some elements of the show will seem more conventional, though without the crowds.

WWDC usually takes the form of a keynote and State of the Union address, along with numerous sessions that are filmed and made available on the developer site. 

There will be 100 technical and design-focused sessions helmed by Apple engineers. Videos will be posted each day at 10 a.m. PDT via the developer site and app.

All-New Apple Developer Forums

Redesign coming June 18

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