WWDC 2020 will be online

Following the cancellation of everything (including public gatherings in Santa Clara County) and the WHO’s declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, Apple has pre-announced WWDC as an online event:

The online event will be an opportunity for millions of creative and innovative developers to . . . engage with Apple engineers as they work to build app experiences that enrich the lives of Apple customers around the globe.

Assuming “engage with Apple engineers” hints at the existence of a system for online labs, will virtual access cost the regular price of admission?

Additional program information will be shared between now and June by email, in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website.

Apple also announced it will commit $1 million to local San Jose organizations to offset associated revenue loss as a result of WWDC 2020’s new online format.

Stephen Hackett:

I hope to see WWDC return in 2021 as an actual conference, but if it doesn’t, most of the pain felt in the community will be around extracurricular events, not the sessions themselves.

John Gruber:

More intriguing to me is that there aren’t even any specific dates — just “June”.

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