Apple Says 2020 Virtual WWDC to Start on June 22

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Apple has announced its 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference will take place on June 22, 2020.

This will be the first time the annual event will be held virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple says its 31st WWDC will be available within the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website for free for all developers.

“WWDC20 will be our biggest yet, bringing together our global developer community of more than 23 million in an unprecedented way for a week in June to learn about the future of Apple platforms,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in a statement. “We can’t wait to meet online in June with the global developer community and share with them all of the new tools we’ve been working on to help them create even more incredible apps and services. We look forward to sharing more details about WWDC20 with everyone as we get closer to this exciting event.”

Also new is the first-ever Swift Student Challenge, which lets student developers show their coding off within Swift Playground. From now until 11:59pm PDT on May 17, students can submit their interactive scene (3 minutes or less) made with Swift Playground. Apple says winners will get an exclusive WWDC20 jacket and pin sent.

“Students are an integral part of the Apple developer community, and last year WWDC saw attendance from more than 350 student developers spanning 37 different countries,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, in a statement. “As we look forward to WWDC20, although our gathering will be virtual this year, we want to recognize and celebrate the creative contributions of our young developers from around the world. We can’t wait to see this next generation of innovative thinkers turn their ideas into a reality through the Swift Student Challenge.”

Apple should also be making its WWDC keynote available for streaming on June 22, 2020 as well. The company is expected to preview the next version of iOS, watchOS, macOS, tvOS and more.