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Today, Apple announced more details about its 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), including some initial details about online sessions and the start time of the keynote.
Said keynote is slated to begin on Monday, June 22, at 10:00am PDT (1:00pm EDT; convert to your time zone here), and we’ll be liveblogging the event here on Ars as it transpires. During these WWDC keynotes, Apple executives typically take the stage to detail Apple’s software plans for the year.
Of course, nothing is going to be typical about this year’s keynote, as it will be held entirely online for the first time as a result of the pandemic. Still, we expect a similar slate of announcements to what we’ve seen in previous years. Software like the operating systems for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch is almost always the focus in the WWDC announcements, but the company has used the event to announce major new hardware products or services before.
For example, Apple introduced Apple Music at WWDC in 2015 and the newly redesigned Mac Pro tower last year. Hardware rumors are light this time around, but there have been signs pointing to a new iMac, including an unverified leak and a recent decline in supply of current models. One recent report claimed that Apple plans to announce the beginning of its transition to ARM-based processors for Macs this year. We’ll have to wait until June 22 to know for sure, though.
Those who want a deeper dive than the keynote provides can tune in to the company’s traditional “Platforms State of the Union” session that takes place shortly after the keynote, at 2:00pm PDT.
In addition to revealing the keynote timing, Apple also announced today that this year’s WWDC will include “100+ Engineering Sessions” that will be posted as video collections every day of the week-long event. Videos will be “available to anyone,” according to Apple’s event landing page.
WWDC will also be preceded by a long-overdue redesign of the official Apple developer forums on June 18. And those with developer accounts will be able to set appointments for 1-on-1 developer labs, which Apple offered in person at prior conferences. Posting to the forums will also require a developer account.