Apple’s WWDC 2020 will be a virtual affair

Between mass shootings and novel viruses, we may remember 2020 as the year America got too dangerous for large public gatherings.

From “Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 kicks off in June with an all-new online format,” posted as a press release:

Cupertino, California — Apple today announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Now in its 31st year, WWDC 2020 will take on an entirely new online format packed with content for consumers, press and developers alike. The online event will be an opportunity for millions of creative and innovative developers to get early access to the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, and engage with Apple engineers as they work to build app experiences that enrich the lives of Apple customers around the globe…

The WWDC 2020 program will provide Apple’s entire global developer community — which now includes more than 23 million registered developers in more than 155 countries and regions — and the next generation of app developers with the insights and tools needed to turn their ideas into a reality. Additional program information will be shared between now and June by email, in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website.

Apple also announced it will commit $1 million to local San Jose organizations to offset associated revenue loss as a result of WWDC 2020’s new online format.

My take: Nice touch at the end. Is $1 million for San Jose too much? Too little? Anybody have a clue?

My questions to Apple PR:

Are any of the sessions for registered developers only? Will there be a fee?

Apple’s reply:

Hi Philip – as the end of Phil’s quote states, “We will be sharing all of the details in the weeks ahead.”

See also: Apple’s WWDC 2020 at risk


  1. Fred Stein said:
    To “23 million registered developers”:

    Thanks for making AAPL more valuable. Enjoy the good ROI for your efforts.

    March 13, 2020
  2. Ralph McDarmont said:
    The shift to online conventions is smart, but the catalyst for the change is unsettling. In my string of jobs I have roamed a lot of conventions and trade shows, and I have always enjoyed travel and expense accounts. But truthfully those trips were essentially a waste of time and money. Still, I never declined.

    March 14, 2020

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