Apple developer conference goes online amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by Bryan Terng on March 18, 2020

This is the first Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to be held in an online format, accessible by millions of developers.

Now is arguably one of the most tense moments in recent memory worldwide. With Malaysia on movement control order (FYI not a full-on lockdown; essential supplies can still be acquired, albeit sparingly), things can feel pretty glum. However, corny but truthfully, there are silver linings among these dark clouds. With their previous on-ground attendees capping at 6,000, the now-online Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 (WWDC 2020) is now more accessible to millions of developers.

Set to take place in June, this is the first time that the formerly on-ground Apple event will be conducted online, most likely due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Fortunately, that wouldn't be the case - consumers, developers and the media are still able to get their yearly dose of updates regarding Apple's latest discoveries in the software landscape, plus new app development tools for their perusal.

The Apple Arcade, a subscription-based game service ala Netflix, was released in Sept last year.

To share their learnings and educate budding or professional developers, the 31st edition of WWDC will feature a fleshed-out program that comprises an online keynote and sessions with Apple engineers to learn the new software tools granted by the tech giant. No details of the program has been revealed yet, but they'll publicise it soon enough.

More info will be shared before June by email, in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website.


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