Apple has announced the start date for its virtual Worldwide Developers Conference: 22 June 2020. That’s a bit later than usual, perhaps due to the difficulty of reshuffling the format and the added complication of the company’s employees working remotely. We’re lucky that Apple is holding WWDC at all—Google completely canceled its I/O conference after promising to hold it remotely, and Facebook replaced its F8 developer conference with “a series of updates throughout the year.”
Happily, no $1599 ticket is required—this year’s virtual conference will be open to all registered Apple developers. We anticipate that the keynote will be streamed for everyone to watch. Apple is encouraging all interested developers to install the Apple Developer app for iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS, which will offer more information and session videos as they become available.
Since there’s no point in offering student scholarships this year, Apple is instead holding a Swift Student Challenge. Interested students should build a Swift Playground that can be experienced in 3 minutes or less and submit it to Apple by 11:59 PM PDT on 17 May 2020. Winners will receive an exclusive WWDC20 jacket and pin set.