After speculation in the past few weeks, on Friday (13) Apple announced that WWDC 2020, its annual developer conference, will be completely online.
Out of concern in matters of health security in the face of the pandemic of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Cupertino Giant announced on Friday (13) that its famous Developer Conference this year, better known as WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference), be in June this year and adopt a new fully virtual format.
In its announcement, Apple highlighted that WWDC, now in its 31 year, take on a new format, with content for consumers, developers and the press. At the event, the company has a tradition of announcing the new versions and technologies of the systems iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, in addition to attending dozens of workshop sessions with Apple's own engineers, and product launches.
The current health situation has required us to create a new format for WWDC 2020, which delivers a program with online presentations and sessions, providing a great experience for our entire community of developers around the world.
Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing
The program impacts Apple's global developer community, which, according to the company, has more than 23 million developers registered in more than 155 countries. All content will be made available through the official website Apple Developer and also through the application Apple Developer.
With all the new products and technologies we are working on, WWDC 2020 will be great. I hope our developers will get their hands on new codes and interact in new ways with Apple engineers, contributing to the technologies and frameworks that will shape the future across all Apple platforms.
Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering
Ma's company also announced that it is committed to donating $ 1 million for local organizations in the city of San Jose, California where the last three events were held, bringing together more than 5,000 developers from around the world in each to reduce the financial impact of the new online format.
Coronavirus outbreak changes the timing of technology events
Earlier this month, March 5, Apple had already announced that it would not participate in the event SXSW (South by Southwest), a great festival of cinema, music and technology, which usually gathers 100 thousand people, scheduled for the 22nd in Austin, Texas, USA, concerned with the same reason. During this event, Apple had plans to present three new projects for the Apple TV + your service streaming.
Other companies operating in the sector, such as Netflix, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook and Intel, already had the same decision, however the event organization itself, on March 6, decided to cancel its holding for the 2020 edition. more events are expected to be postponed, canceled or transformed into online events, until there is control over the outbreak of COVID-19.