In March 2020, Apple announced an all-new online format for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. This year marks the 33rd annual WWDCr and the fourth location change. WWDC launched in Santa Clara, CA in 1987, moved to San Jose, CA in 1988, then to San Francisco, CA in 2003, then back to San Jose, CA in 2017, and now for the first time ever to the internet on June 22, 2020.
Ready. Set. Code.
How much does it cost?
$0. The first-ever virtual WWDC 2020 will be free for all developers. Previously, in-person tickets were $1,600.
How do I participate in WWDC 2020?
You’ll need to download the Apple Developer App in the Apple App Store. It’s currently available on Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone.
Can I participate outside without the Apple Developer App?
Yes, you can participate online at https://developer.apple.com/wwdc20/ and using a related hashtag on Twitter: #AppleEvent, #WWDC, #WWDC20, #WWDC2020.
Traditionally, Apple awards 350 Student Scholarship winners with a free $1,600 ticket, travel, lodging, swag, and a developer membership. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, an in-person conference will not be taking place this year along with the Apple WWDC Scholarships program. However, students can participate in The Swift Student Challenge. Program a creative playground using the macOS or iPad Playgrounds app and you could win a WWDC jacket and pins.
Learn more at https://developer.apple.com/wwdc20/swift-student-challenge/.
What to Expect
Expect updates to Apple’s operating systems: iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Stay tuned. The only people who really know are the ones putting this event together. I’ll be live-tweeting the event. Tune in on Monday, June 22 to find out what Apple has planned for the future of their software and platforms.