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Apple's Virtual WWDC Event to Kick Off on June 22

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Apple's virtual WWDC event will start on June 22, Apple announced today. It will be hosted in the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website and it will be free for all developers. Apple does plan to hold a keynote event, presumably on June 22 when WWDC begins.

"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."
As with the standard WWDC that Apple has hosted in past years, WWDC's 2020 digital event will span a week. Apple normally charges $1,599 for a ticket to attend WWDC, but this year, millions of developer will be able to participate.

Apple will be hosting a Swift Student Challenge as part of the event, and is taking applications as of today. In a typical year, the Swift-based challenge is used to determine who will get a scholarship to WWDC. Apple says that though the event is digital, there's still an opportunity to recognize the creative contributions of young developers.
"Students are an integral part of the Apple developer community, and last year WWDC saw attendance from more than 350 student developers spanning 37 different countries," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "As we look forward to WWDC20, although our gathering will be virtual this year, we want to recognize and celebrate the creative contributions of our young developers from around the world. We can't wait to see this next generation of innovative thinkers turn their ideas into a reality through the Swift Student Challenge."
Student developers from all over the world can enter the Swift Student Challenge by creating an interactive scene in Swift Playgrounds that can be experienced in three minutes. Winners will receive an exclusive WWDC20 jacket and pin set, with more information available on Apple's website.

Apple says that developers should download the Apple Developer app where additional WWDC program information, such as details on the keynote, the Platforms State of the Union, sessions, and lab schedules will be shared in June. Apple will also make this information available on the Apple Developer website and by email.

At WWDC, Apple will unveil iOS and iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14, and macOS 10.16. There's no word whether we might see new products introduced around the event, but Apple is working on AirTags, Tile-like Bluetooth tags that could come out around that time.

There's also a new 23-inch iMac in the works, along with high-end over-ear headphones, some kind of wireless charging mat, a new iPad Air, an updated Apple TV and more, with details on what Apple is developing available in our upcoming products guide.

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tbayrgs

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I think if we see more products it may be at WWDC

Macbook pro 14 inch
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homepod mini

I strongly doubt we’ll get a 14” pro only 1 month after a new 13” more likely to be October/November if it’s coming at all this year

Agree...customers who purchase the new MBP 13" would absolutely lose their **** if a 14" was released a month later. The 14" isn't happening this year.

I'd also wager that we won't see the AirTags or HomePod Mini until this fall, as accompanying products in the next iPhone keynote.
 
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I strongly doubt we’ll get a 14” pro only 1 month after a new 13” more likely to be October/November if it’s coming at all this year
It seems likely to me that the rumored 14" will turn into the 1st-gen ARM MacBook Pro. It doesn't make so much sense to me to release a new model right before completely overhauling the internals with a new architecture.
 
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What about enthusiastic non-developers? Will they be streaming it on the Apple website too, as before?

WWDC last a week, I believe this is simply referring to the access that only those invited get to attend. I would think the normal keynote is still going to be streamed live on Apple's website.

"Apple does plan to hold a keynote event, presumably on June 22 when WWDC begins."
 
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Guess we will see in a month. Gives apple an excuse to show off products and not take shine away during the fall keynote
 
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What about enthusiastic non-developers? Will they be streaming it on the Apple website too, as before?

I'll be curious about this, too—there's a lot of great content in the WWDC Developer app that anyone can access after the fact (downloaded a few videos and watched them on a plane back in 2016) and you can log in with your Apple ID. At this point, I'd only view some sessions out of interest in some of the tech involved. On the other hand, I'd totally understand if Apple is going to limit that to their paid developer accounts.

It seems for the Swift Student Challenge, they've got two distinctions:

To be eligible for the challenge, you must:
- Be registered for free with Apple as an Apple developer or be a member of the Apple Developer Program

I wonder if you can log in at developer.apple.com that counts?

I'm checking out Microsoft Build for similar reasons, although a lot less is going to be relatable. ;)
 
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I’m warming to the idea of Arm computers. My concern is that Apple will leverage the efficiency only to go small, light, and fanless. I’d like to see something relatively powerful in an existing size with an increase in battery life.
 
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Agree...customers who purchase the new MBP 13" would absolutely lose their **** if a 14" was released a month later. The 14" isn't happening this year.

I'd also wager that we won't see the AirTags or HomePod Mini until this fall, as accompanying products in the next iPhone keynote.
😂 Definitely. I can see it being announced in the fall similar to the 16” last year but now that there isn’t any major issues regarding the keyboard etc they may choose to push it into the spring as there won’t be any more high end 13” cpu upgrades until then and the 16” upgrades are only minor. The only other refresh I can see besides the newer screen tech is 10th gen chips coming to the base model pro in the summer for the back to school deal as leaks have shown these to be in testing
 
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WWDC last a week, I believe this is simply referring to the access that only those invited get to attend. I would think the normal keynote is still going to be streamed live on Apple's website.

"Apple does plan to hold a keynote event, presumably on June 22 when WWDC begins."
There's no invitations this year. If you have a developer account– even a free one– you'll be able to see the sessions, just like in the past. I'm sure any keynote event will stream just as it always does. If Apple was going to require paid developer accounts to see the sessions, they'd be making that statement in this press release.
 
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Winners will receive an exclusive WWDC20 jacket and pin set

Haha I love that they're repurposing the jackets and pins that were supposed to go to attendees as Swift Student Challenge prizes. I bet the WWDC event team was like, "what are we going to do with all these jackets and pins now??" when it was clear that there wasn't going to be an in-person WWDC this year.
 
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Emanuel Rodriguez

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I’m warming to the idea of Arm computers. My concern is that Apple will leverage the efficiency only to go small, light, and fanless. I’d like to see something relatively powerful in an existing size with an increase in battery life.
If the rumor of the 12-core ARM processor is true, I'd imagine that'll be the case. Current Apple processors use a combination of power-efficient and high-performance cores, and I find it likely that Apple will do the same thing with their scaled-up laptop and desktop processors.
Perhaps 8 high-performance and 4 power-efficient, for example.
 
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