“WWDC20 will be our biggest yet, bringing together our global developer community of more than 23 million in an unprecedented way for a week," said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing

By Ian Horswill

Posted on May 8, 2020

Apple today announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference virtually, with WWDC20 starting from 22 June, in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website for free for all developers.

Apple uses the Worldwide Developers Conference to showcase its new software and technologies for software developers. The conference begins with a Monday morning keynote address by CEO Tim Cook and other company executives. Apple unveiled a new Mac Pro desktop computer, the iOS 13 mobile operating system, the macOS Catalina desktop operating system, watchOS 6 for the Apple Watch, tvOS 13 for Apple TV digital media player and the iPadOS last year.

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The technology company based in Cupertino, California, today also announced the Swift Student Challenge, an opportunity for student developers to showcase their love of coding by creating their own Swift playground. Now in its 31st year, WWDC20 will be an opportunity for millions of creative and innovative developers around the world to get early access to the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, and to learn from Apple engineers as they work to build new app experiences, Apple said in a statement.

“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, the company’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.

“Students are an integral part of the Apple developer community, and last year WWDC saw attendance from more than 350 student developers spanning 37 different countries,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “As we look forward to WWDC20, although our gathering will be virtual this year, we want to recognise and celebrate the creative contributions of our young developers from around the world. We can’t wait to see this next generation of innovative thinkers turn their ideas into a reality through the Swift Student Challenge.”

Swift Playgrounds is an app for iPad and Mac that makes learning the Swift programming language interactive and fun. From now through to 11:59 p.m. PDT on 17 May, student developers from all over the world can submit to the Swift Student Challenge by creating an interactive scene in a Swift playground that can be experienced within three minutes.

For more information, visit the Apple developer site.