Apple Will Host Virtual Worldwide Developers Conference

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

The decision to hold the conference online, and not in-person, is not a surprise considering the realities of COVID-19. It’s nice that Apple wants to keep people safe and healthy.

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 app experiences that enrich the lives of Apple customers around the globe.

Developers are encouraged to download the Apple Developer app where additional WWDC20 program information – including keynote and Platforms State of the Union details, session and lab schedules, and more – will be shared in June. Information will also be made available on the Apple website and by email.

In addition, Apple announced the Swift Student Challenge It is an opportunity for student developers to showcase their love of coding by creating their own Swift playground. Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad and Mac that makes learning the Swift programming language interactive and fun.

Now through 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 17, 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. Winners will receive an exclusive WWD20 jacket and pin set.

To be eligible for the challenge, you must: be 13 years of age or older and be registered for free with Apple as an Apple developer or be a member of the Apple Developer program. You must also be enrolled in an accredited academic institution or official homeschool equivalent; or a STEM organization’s educational curriculum; or enrolled in an Apple Developer Academy; or have graduated from high school within the past 6 months.