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Apple Will Hold WWDC 2020 Online For Fear Of Coronavirus

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Apple Will Hold WWDC 2020 Online For Fear Of Coronavirus

Apple has confirmed that the 31st WWDC (its developer conference) will not be held in person, but will be done online in June. It is a significant event in the community, mainly because it is the framework chosen by Apple to announce some updates of its well-known operating systems, such as iOS, WatchOS, or tvOS.

It is somewhat expected news since Santa Clara County, the place of Apple’s Cupertino campus, had banned crowd meetings in the county starting Wednesday. Usually, a WWDC hosts around 5,000 and 6,000 participants.

Previously, people expected that the Apple event wouldn’t be held at all. However, instead of a physical event, Apple will showcase its conference in a video Livestream conference. According to Phil Schiller, VP of Global Marketing at Apple, the Coronavirus outbreak forces them to hold the event in a different format.

The WWDC online video conference will feature a full program with keynote speakers and fully online sessions. It is expected to offer a great conference experience for all audiences. However, Apple points out that it will give more updates in the upcoming weeks.

The Coronavirus Outbreak Affects Other Scheduled Events

Some sources had rumored that there would be a conference in March to announce the new iPhone 9 or iPhone SE2, latest iPad Pro, as well as more products. However, Apple confirmed that the event has been “officially canceled.” Fortunately, the products will still be announced.

That day, Apple also asked its employees to work from home to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Currently, there are over 30 people infected in Santa Clara, which is near Apple’s HQ.

In the same way, the coronavirus outbreak would cause significant delays in the production sector. As a result, the launch of the iPhone 12 could be delayed from September to October due to production problems. It is because the phone production is expected not to improve until the second quarter of 2020.

As we said, Apple is not the first company to cancel a face-to-face event due to the recent coronavirus outbreak. The GSMA canceled a month ago the Mobile World Congress, the largest telephony event in the world, and Google canceled the Google I / O, where it usually presents news related to Android, the new Google Pixel, and ecosystem products. Other canceled events are the Geneva Motor Show, Facebook F8, E3, or Microsoft Build.

However, not all events in the sector have been affected. The PAX East (video games) was held normally even though Sony canceled its attendance. There is no news regarding Computex or Gamescom, which for the moment, still stands.

What Now?

Every year, the WWDC developers conference brings together thousands of programmers from all over the world in San José (California, USA.) During the days of the meeting, developers share experiences, make new contacts, and learn first-hand about the news of the company that created the iPhone product.

Apple also announced that it would allocate one million dollars to organizations around the San José area to compensate for their loss of income caused by the new online format of WWDC 2020.

Ben is a digital entrepreneur and founder of OnTechEdge.com. He is a technology passionate who loves sharing his ideas on smartphones and gadgets. He looks forward to imparting the spectrum of his insight and verdicts on the ‘Technology-driven world’ of today. He plans to take OntechEdge forward with the consistent support from you readers, friends and family! Ben Kemp is also author of the book "How To Tell a Story On Social Media in 2020". Direct email address: [email protected]

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