Apple moves WWDC developers conference online due to coronavirus

Key Points
  • Apple is moving its annual developers conference, WWDC, online due to the coronavirus.
  • WWDC has been held in San Jose, California, for the last few years.
  • Apple said it would donate $1 million to San Jose organizations to offset losses from canceling the in-person version of the event, which attracts thousands of developers, analysts and journalists each year.
Tim Cook introduces tvOS at the 2019 Apple WWDC in San Francisco.
Source: Apple

Apple said Friday its annual in-person developers conference, WWDC, will be conducted online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

WWDC attracts thousands of developers, analysts and journalists each year. The company typically announces new software features and sometimes hardware products as people travel around the world to San Jose, California, for workshops about building software for iPhones, iPads and Macs. 

"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, senior VP of worldwide marketing, said in a statement. 

Apple said it would donate $1 million to organizations in San Jose to help with expected losses now that the event won't be held in the city.

Apple previously warned that it would miss its March quarter sales forecast because of reduced demand in China as well as an iPhone shortage related to factories in China not producing at full capacity. 

Microsoft, Facebook and Google all previously announced they will hold their developers conferences virtually.

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