One of Apple’s biggest events of the year is going online only, following concerns about the 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. “We will be sharing all of the details in the weeks ahead.”
Apple is just the latest in a string of companies. Other companies like the internet giants Facebook and Google have also developer , which were planned for the spring. Large organizations as well have scuttled their plans, including in Texas, the and .
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 thedesktop and , both unveiled at last year’s event.