The fact that this year’s WWDC is an all-digital affair doesn’t mean Apple is scaling back by any means. In fact, this year’s conference may be one of the biggest ever. And while Apple obviously still has quite a bit it isn’t announcing right now, on Thursday the company officially revealed the lineup for the event, giving us a glimpse of just how jam-packed it’s all going to be.
WWDC 2020 is going to include the standard keynote event, which means we’ll get to see the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, among other executives take the stage to talk about the next major upgrades for Apple’s operating systems. That includes getting our first official look at iOS and iPadOS 14, the next version of macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Plus there will hopefully be even more to sift through, including updates for Siri, the HomePod, and probably a brand new, redesigned iMac.
Now in its 31st year, WWDC20 will be the biggest WWDC to date, bringing together the global Apple developer community of more than 23 million in 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.
So, we’ll start at the top.
When is the keynote?
The special event keynote, where we’ll get to see Apple really show off everything for the first time, will take place on Monday, June 22. It will start at 10:00 AM PDT/1:00 PM EDT:
Discover exciting new innovations and updates coming to all Apple platforms later this year. 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.
What happens next?
On the same day (June 22), Apple will host the “Platforms State of the Union”, which will take place at 2:00 PM PDT/5:00 PM EDT. Apple’s engineering leaders will take deep dives into the next versions of Apple’s software, giving an even more in-depth look at what’s coming down the pipe.
Hear directly from Apple engineering leaders as they dive deeper into the latest advances across iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. State of the Union will be available on demand via the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website. It will also be available for playback on Tencent, iQIYI, Bilibili and YouKu for viewers in China.
The rest of the week
After the special event keynote, Apple kicks off WWDC20 proper. There will be over 100 engineering sessions across the whole week, from Monday, June 22, to Friday, June 26. These sessions will feature design-focused and technical sessions aimed at helping folks build the next great app and more for Apple’s platforms. There will be videos posted at 10:00 AM PDT every day of the week.
New Apple Developer Forums
Apple is redesigning the Apple forums, and we’ll get a look at what that is on June 18:
The all-new Apple Developer Forums will connect the developer community with more than 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.
1-on-1 developer labs
These will be one-on-one labs designed to help developers meet with Apple engineers and dig into the advances made for the new software. The labs will be by appointment only.
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.
The end of the month is going to be very exciting. What are you hoping to see most when WWDC20 kicks off later this month?