Apple’s online WWDC begins June 22

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Apple announced today that its free global online developer conference will be held on June 22. The company said in March that WWDC, which is usually a big face-to-face conference over the course of a week, would be a “brand new online experience” taking place in June. WWDC was turned into an online event because of the “current health situation,” said Apple executive Phil Schiller.

“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,” Schiller said in a statement today.

Details of the event’s keynote address, State of the Union’s platforms, sessions and labs will be shared in June, according to Apple. June 22 is a later start than usual for WWDC; the conference usually starts in the first two weeks of the month under normal circumstances.

Apple has also announced a new “Swift Student Challenge”, where students can create and submit an interactive scene in the Swift Playgrounds coding app that can be experienced in three minutes. Challenge winners will receive an “exclusive set of WWDC20 pins and sleeves,” says Apple. You can read more details about the challenge and apply here. The deadline to apply is 6:59 p.m. ET on May 18.

Leaked versions of iOS 14 obtained by 9to5Mac and MacRumors gave some tips on software updates that may be announced at WWDC 2020. iOS may get a new formatting app, a “PencilKit” API, new iMessage features, and improved cursor support for the mouse. New features along the way for watchOS 7 include sleep tracking and a new country flag dial. Users may also be able to set default web browsers and third-party email clients, depending on Bloomberg.

WWDC is not the only developer event to go fully virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic: Microsoft’s Build 2020 will be a free 48-hour virtual event starting May 11 at 11:00 a.m. EST. Google’s I / O 2020 developer conference, however, was completely canceled in March.

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