On Tuesday, Apple announced that it will host its annual global developer conference virtually starting June 22 in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website for free for all developers.
Apple encourages developers to download the Apple Developer app where additional informationon on the WWDC20 program will be released in June. The informationon available includes the flow of speeches, details of the state of the Union of the platforms, the schedules of the sessions and laboratories, etc. Information will also be available on the Apple Developer website and via email.
“WWDC20 will be our largest to date, bringing together our global developer community of over 23 million people in an unprecedented way for a week in June to learn more about the future of Apple platforms”, said Apple’s senior vice president of global marketing, Phil Schiller. “We look forward to meeting the global developer community online in June and sharing with them all of the new tools we’ve been working on to help them build even more amazing apps and services. We look forward to sharing more details on WWDC20 with everyone as we get closer to this exciting event. “
Beyond the date of WWDC, also announced the Swift Student Challenge. The Swift Student Challenge is “an opportunity for student developers to show their love of coding by creating their own Swift playground,” according to Apple.
“Students are an integral part of the Apple developer community, and last year WWDC saw the participation of more than 350 student developers from 37 different countries,” said Craig Federighi, executive vice president of software engineering at ‘Apple. “As we look forward to WWDC20, although our gathering is virtual this year, we want to recognize and celebrate the creative contributions of our young developers from around the world. We look forward to seeing this new generation of innovative thinkers transform their ideas in reality thanks to the Swift Student Challenge. “
The move comes after Apple made it clear that WWDC was going to be an online event on March 26 due to blockages caused by the coronavirus. This is the last WWDC scheduled by Apple since 2006, when it took place in early August.
Apple says there are more than 23 million registered developers in 175 countries and regions, with more than half a billion people visiting the App Store every week. In addition, Apple also says it will provide $ 1 million to local San Jose organizations to compensate for the loss of revenue from going online only.