Apple to Hold Online-Only WWDC 2020 Due to COVID-19

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In the face of the coronavirus called COVID-19, many large gatherings have canceled this year’s offerings in response. The big gaming event of the year, E3, has been shuttered to help prevent the spread of this virus.

Apple, however, isn’t going down without a fight. They’ve instead moved their Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) online, as stated in their announcement of the topic.

What Will Happen to WWDC 2020?

If you read the announcement, it seems at first that Apple is adopting this online method as an exciting new take on the event, as the coronavirus doesn’t appear anywhere in the title or first paragraph.

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However, Apple’s intent shows in Phil Schiller’s quote, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing:

“The current health situation has required that we create a new WWDC 2020 format that delivers a full program with an online keynote and sessions, offering a great learning experience for our entire developer community all around the world. We will be sharing all of the details in the weeks ahead.”

Of course, this does leave San Jose, the usual host of WWDC, without a big event to celebrate. As such, Apple has donated $1 million to organizations in San Jose to make up for the lack of income that comes with the cancellation of the event.

What Will WWDC Be About?

As the name suggests, WWDC is more about the developers than the consumers. It’s a place where Apple can show off all the new upcoming features to give developers a taste of what’s next for iOS. However, consumers are also welcome to come along and take a peek into what’s coming soon to their devices.

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“With all of the new products and technologies we’ve been working on, WWDC 2020 is going to be big,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president for software engineering.

“I look forward to our developers getting their hands on the new code and interacting in entirely new ways with the Apple engineers building the technologies and frameworks that will shape the future across all Apple platforms.”

Circumventing the Coronavirus Threat

With COVID-19 spreading across the world, many large meet-ups have been canceled in fear they’d be spreading grounds for the coronavirus. Apple, however, isn’t giving up so easily. They’re taking their next WWDC online, which – despite clearly being a step toward avoiding a COVID-19 crisis – is being touted at a revolutionary new way of hosting large events.

Do you like this idea of avoiding a COVID-19 crisis? Will you attend WWDC 2020 online? Let us know below.

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