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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference to be held online on June 22nd

Apple has announced it will hold the 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 22nd. This is the first time the annual event will be hosted online only.

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The all-important gathering brings together developers from all over the world. They typically congregate on San Jose, California. This year, however, they’ll be “dialling in” from the comfort of their homes and offices.

“WWDC20 will be our biggest yet, bringing together our global developer community of more than 23 million in an unprecedented way for a week in June to learn about the future of Apple platforms,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“We can’t wait to meet online in June with the global developer community and share with them all of the new tools we’ve been working on to help them create even more incredible apps and services. We look forward to sharing more details about WWDC20 with everyone as we get closer to this exciting event.”

The decision should not come as too much of a surprise to anyone that has picked up a newspaper during the past few months. The coronavirus pandemic has caused many events to be cancelled. Apple should be applauded for coming up with an alternative format.

The Santa Clara Public Health Department has recently 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 at the conference.

Of most interest to our readers 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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