Apple shares WWDC 2020 lineup
Apple has shared more information on what the entire Apple community should expect from what it is now calling the “biggest-ever” WWDC event later this month – and it’s going to be huge.
Time to connect
We think Apple may discuss a transition to new Mac processors. We suspect it will begin to touch on its plans for 5G, services will likely get some attention, but most focus will be lavished on its plans for its many platforms.
The 31st ever WWDC, this year’s event will include a keynote address, Platforms State of the Union, 100+ engineering sessions, all-new Developer Forums, 1-on-1 labs with more than 1,000 Apple engineers, and much more.
Apple seems to agree that this year’s event will be its biggest developer conference ever, with over 23 million developers from across this planet able to take part in what it calls an “unprecedented, virtual way”, from June 22 to 26.
Apple today shared the WWDC20 lineup, including keynote and Platforms State of the Union timing, and information on how developers can learn about the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, and engage with Apple engineers.
Here’s what to expect:
There will be a Keynote on June 22 at 10 a.m. PDT
“Discover exciting new innovations and updates coming to all Apple platforms later this year,” the company said.
The keynote address will stream directly from Apple Park via apple.com, the Apple Developer app, the Apple Developer website, the Apple TV app, and YouTube, and will also be available for on-demand playback after the conclusion of the stream. For viewers in China, the keynote will also stream on Tencent, iQIYI, Bilibili, and Youku.
Platforms State of the Union has developer focus
At 2pm on June 22 PDT, Apple’s engineering leaders will discuss all the latest coming improvements across iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
What’s interesting is that this year’s State of the Union won’t be made available outside of the Apple Developer app and Apple Developer website. It will also be made available for playback on Tencent, iQIYI, Bilibili and YouKu for viewers in China.
Apple confirms over 100 engineering sessions
Starting June 23, developers will be able to learn how to build the next generation of apps with more than 100 technical and design-focused sessions led by Apple engineers. Videos will be posted each day at 10 a.m. PDT and will be available in the Apple Developer app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, as well as on the Apple Developer website.
All-New Apple Developer Forums
Apple says it will introduce a redesigned Apple Forums section on its site on June 18. These will connect the developer community with over 1,000 Apple engineers to answer questions and engage in technical discussions.
“Starting the first day of WWDC, anyone can search and view the forum discussions to follow along, and Apple Developer Program members will be able to post their own questions and learn directly from Apple experts.”
Developer Labs will be part of the online event
Apple has also figured out how to offer up its Developer Labs.
These will be held between June 23-26. Developers will be able to request an appointment with the Apple engineers who helped build the latest advances in Apple platforms, offering one-on-one technical guidance and in-depth details on how to implement new features. Developer Labs will be open to Apple Developer Program members as space is available.
Swift Student Challenge
On June 16, Apple will celebrate student developers from all over the world with the announcement of finalists in the Swift Student Challenge.
Developers are encouraged to download the Apple Developer app where additional WWDC20 information will be shared ahead of June 22.
Information will also be made available on the Apple Developer website and by email.