Apple announces virtual WWDC starting on June 22

Apple has announced that its first-ever virtual WWDC will start on June 22 this year and that it will be free for all developers through its Developer app and Developer website.

Apple unveiled the June 22 start date for the online WWDC today in a Newsroom post and gave a few more details on this year’s developer conference that’s being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Going virtual this year means it’s the first time that the event is free for all developers, traditionally, it’s a paid event for most attendees after submitting for tickets through a lottery system.

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“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, Apple’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.”
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