Apple announces WWDC 2020, and it's all going to be online
What you need to know
- Apple has just announced WWDC 2020.
- It's going to kick off in June with an all-online format.
- It's also going to give $1 million to compensate San Jose for the loss of revenue.
Apple has just announced that its WWDC 2020 conference will take place in June in a new all-online format.
In a press release Apple said (opens in new tab):
The move has been forced due to the ongoing cornavirus pandemic, on the change of format to an all-online setup Phil Schiller stated:
Apple's Craig Federighi said:
Apple has not indicated a specific date for the event beyond "June", and has said that further information will be released via email between now and June, on the developer app and on the Apple Developer Website. No doubt Apple is still working out the details regarding the schedule for the event, given the short notice Apple has had to prepare for this.
Whilst Apple has pledged $1 million to San Jose organizations that will be impacted by the lack of a physical WWDC, a report suggests that the boost brought by the conference is usually closer to $10 million.
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I guess we'll just have to watch and see how everything pans out. But if Covid-19 is still raging come June, it won't be exhibiting the expected temperature sensitivity of a coronavirus. At which time we might need to revisit some of the conspiracy theories about it being human-engineered. Me, I'm taking WHO officials at their word that it isn't. I think we're going to all be watching a virtual WWDC, sheepishly noting that the pandemic had long since ended.
Since the virus originated in China, I doubt it was human-engineered, unless you mean by purposely dealing with rotten food. China's food hygiene standards are some of the worst in the world, it's no surprise that it came from there.