WWDC 2020 will not be held ‘in situ’, but in a new digital format for fear of new infections by the coronavirus
Apple will not hold the WWDC developer conference this year in its traditional format. The physical event, which in recent years has been held in the city of San José in California, will be an online experience this year.
Thus, Apple joins other large technology companies that, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, have decided to cancel or modify their events , transforming them into virtual experiences, such as Google. E3, the world’s largest video game fair, scheduled for June, and Microsoft BUILD, the Redmond company’s international developer event, have also been canceled this week .
Apple’s WWDC, which normally attracts more than 5,000 developers from around the world, was the only major trade fair to date. Apple had not yet given the official dates in which it was going to be held but the McEnery convention center, the center that usually hosts the event, was reserved for the first week of June.
“The current situation has required us to create a new format that offers a complete program with an inaugural conference and online sessions, offering a great learning experience for our entire developer community, worldwide. We will share the details in the coming weeks” Phil Schiller , vice president of marketing for the company , explained .
Although the event is focused on developers, WWDC is also the stage where the company announces the news of the new iOS and MacOS operating systems. Several of the features and updates in this year’s versions have been recently leaked. IOS14, for example, is expected to improve support for the mouse and trackpad on iPads and include major improvements to the software on iPhone phones, including the ability to. Both are the default system applications.
The company also takes advantage of the event to launch new hardware products. Several analysts expect that in the first half of the year Apple will launch new MacBook computers, a small iPhone and less LT price, successor to the iPhone SE, and AirTags, smart labels to associate physical products and find them more easily.
The presentation of these products, however, could be delayed if the epidemic situation worsens. Apple has already announced that its quarterly accounts will be significantly affected by the epidemic and that the stock of iPhones will be limited in the coming months by the closure of factories in China. The company has started opening some of its stores in China today Friday.