Better late than never, Apple’s WWDC 2020 conference will indeed take place. Apple has just confirmed this Tuesday, May 7, the holding of its virtual conference dedicated to developers from June 22.
Unlike the IFA 2020, the event will be completely virtual but also free for developers who previously had to pay 1600 dollars and especially be lucky enough to be selected by Cuppertino.
“We look forward to being in June to virtually meet our international community of developers and introduce them to all the new tools we’ve been working on to support them in developing more and more great apps and services. We look forward to sharing more information about WWDC 2020 as the launch of the event draws closer” Phil Schiller, Apple’s Vice President of Marketing, said in a release.
Logically, Apple has had to revise its program, as WWDC conferences and workshops are normally strictly governed by confidentiality agreements for participating developers.
For all information on the 2020 edition, developers are invited to download the WWDC app from the App Store.
The company is also launching a challenge for students, supposed to allow them to participate in contests with their own experiences developed in Swift Playgrounds (a learning application) and lasting “less than 3 minutes”.
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No Product Announcements In The Spotlight
Google I/O, Facebook F8, Microsoft Build and Apple’s WWDC are not mainstream events.
Their purpose is to bring together third-party developers and Apple engineers to share knowledge.
As such, product announcements are unlikely to be attended. Apple has recently announced a slew of new products with the renewal of its MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPhone SE, iPad Pro and Mac Mini.
Instead, Apple’s latest major software updates for the iPhone (iOS), iPad (iPadOS), Mac (macOS), Apple TV (tvOS) and Apple Watch (watchOS) will be on the agenda.
The new version of iOS could benefit from some interesting interface changes: current rumours speak of a new home screen design with support for mobile widgets, a list of all installed applications and iPad-inspired multitasking.
Maybe we’ll get a closer look at Apple’s API for contact tracing and how and when this feature will be integrated into the iOS interface.
As a reminder, the keynote often takes place on the first day of the event, however Apple hasn’t communicated a schedule yet.