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Apple’s big WWDC developers conference moves online due to coronavirus

March 13, 2020, 5:32 PM UTC

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In a major departure due to the coronavirus outbreak, Apple plans to hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) online instead of hosting an event with tens of thousands of attendees.

The iPhone maker said Friday that its conference will begin sometime in June and that it would release more details about the event later.

“The current health situation has required that we create a new WWDC 2020 format,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing chief, said in a statement.

Apple’s developer conference, held last year in San Jose, Calif., is one of the tech industry’s most anticipated events, at which the tech giant debuts new software updates for its lineup of products including the iPhone, Mac computers, and iPad. Although it has been mainly an in-person event, the keynote presentations have been webcast in recent years.

Several other big tech companies like Facebook and Google have cancelled their developer conferences this this spring because of the coronavirus. In February, for instance, Facebook said it would shift its F8 developer conference, attended by thousands, to be live streamed and also create smaller local events.

Earlier this week, two people who attended the recent RSA security conference held in late February tested positive for the coronavirus, Bloomberg News reported.

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