Coronavirus Fear: Apple’s WWDC 2020 to be online-only this year

Apple’s biggest events of the year is going online only, amid concerns about the novel coronavirus that’s been labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Apple said its new online Worldwide Developers Conference will allow it to connect with “millions of developers.”
“The current health situation has required that we create a new WWDC 2020 format that delivers a full program with an online keynote and sessions, offering a great learning experience for our entire developer community, all around the world.
‘Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said in a statement. Apple counts 23 million registered developers in more than 155 countries.
“We will be sharing all of the details in the weeks ahead,” Schiller added. The event typically takes place in early June, but Apple hasn’t yet announced exact dates for WWDC 2020.
Apple is just the latest in a string of companies shifting or canceling events as the coronavirus has spread around the world. Large organizations too have scuttled their plans, including the annual SXSW music and tech festival in Texas, the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Even Disneyland shut down.
Apple typically uses its WWDC to announce new iOS software with expanded features for its iPhones and iPads, usually released alongside new smartphones in the fall.
It also often announces new Mac software, and sometimes devices like the $5,999 Mac Pro desktop and $4,999 Apple Pro Display XDR, both unveiled at last year’s event.
Apple said it will commit $1 million to local San Jose organizations to offset revenue lost from moving to the online-only format this year.
Read more: Reopening of Apple in China
Remember, Apple (Inc) is reopening all 42 of its branded stores in China on Friday, a company spokesman said, more than a month after they were shut in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

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