The Steve Jobs auditorium on Apple’s campus.
By all accounts, tech enthusiasts are in for a red letter day this Monday. Apple will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference with a keynote at 10am PT/1pm ET. Apple execs will take the stage to announce major new updates to the company’s various software platforms, and maybe more.
It’s going to be an unusual event this year. For the first time in WWDC’s history, it will be held entirely online, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple will stream sessions by video, and will give registered developers Zoom-call-like training and help sessions to replace the sessions that are normally offered on-site.
In a way, it could be a welcome democratization of WWDC, a conference that most Apple platform developers from around the world can’t afford to attend in person. Apple has long offered videos of its sessions on-demand through its developer portal, but there will nonetheless be some firsts for the virtual attendees this year.