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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference to be held online only

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Apple has announced it will hold this year’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) online only.

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The all-important annual gathering is due to be held in June. Developers from all over the world were supposed to gather in San Jose, California. Instead, they’ll be “dialling in” from the comfort of their homes and offices.

“We are delivering WWDC 2020 this June in an innovative way to millions of developers around the world, bringing the entire developer community together with a new experience,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“The current health situation has required that we create a new WWDC 2020 format that delivers a full program with an online keynote and sessions, offering a great learning experience for our entire developer community, all around the world. We will be sharing all of the details in the weeks ahead.”

The decision should not come as too much of a surprise to anyone that has picked up a newspaper during the past few weeks. The coronavirus is spreading around the world, and events are being cancelled left right and centre. Apple should be applauded for coming up with an alternative format.

The news comes only days after the Santa Clara Public Health Department issued a statement banning gatherings of over 1,000 people in a single space. To offset local businesses losses due to the online-only format, Apple has said it will commit $1 million to San Jose organisations.

Now in its 31st year, WWDC is when Apple unveils its latest software developments. There have been a plethora of leaks on iOS14, WatchOS 7 and more. But these should be taken with a pinch of salt as we won’t know for sure what to expect until Apple makes the official reveal in early June.

Of most interest to readers of this website will be the next version of the Apple Watch operating system. It is rumoured this will come with pulseOx, native sleep tracking and parental controls. Apple is also reportedly working on a new standalone smartphone app that will allow users to download free guided workout videos.

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