Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off on June 22 as an online-only event free for anyone to attend.
The company is taking WWDC virtual for the week in response to COVID-19, which has forced the tech industry to cancel all physical events. Attendees will be able to view the keynotes and workshop sessions via the dedicated website or the Apple developer mobile app.
The event promises to show off upcoming software features for iOS, macOS, and watchOS that’ll roll out later this year. Developers will also get early access so they can begin creating third-party applications around Apple’s software.
“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,” Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller said in today’s announcement.
The company may also unveil some new hardware; last year, Apple debuted the refreshed Mac Pro, a $5,999 and up powerhouse desktop. But we suspect WWDC 2020 may be light on hardware announcements. In recent weeks, Apple has already announced the refreshed iPhone SE and a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. At the same time, the company is pivoting to offer more subscription services, such as Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade.
For now, the agenda for this year’s WWDC is pretty sparse. Currently, the only item on the event’s website is for a coding challenge to encourage students to use the Swift programming language. But the company plans on updating the site with more information next month.