Like every other major convention this year, Apple’s WWDC 2020 will be an entirely online-based event to keep attendees safe. While this changes the nature of the event for those who attend in person, you’ll still be able to watch the big press conference live on Monday, June 22, at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific through a variety of platforms.
For the first time ever, WWDC will stream on YouTube, too, and you can set a reminder to check in via Apple’s official YouTube page or by clicking through the video below. Just hover over the video and click/tap the “Set Reminder” button.
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You’ll get a notification on your device once the stream is about to start (as long as you’ve enabled push notifications for YouTube previously). The WWDC 2020 stream will also be available on Apple.com, the Apple TV app, the Apple Developer website, and the Apple Developer app.
What to expect
Apple’s WWDC 2020 event might be a different experience than we’re used to, but there’s still plenty of big announcements expected. Here’s what we’re likely to see based on what we’ve historically seen at past events, plus the latest rumors and leaks.
New OS upgrades
If past WWDC events are anything to go off of, we’ll likely see the next iterations of Apple’s many operating systems. iOS/iPad OS 14, macOS 10.16, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7 are all next on the update cycle, and each will have its own new features to cover during the online presentation.
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New Mac hardware
We often see new Apple hardware announced at WWDC, and this year’s rumors all point to some big updates for Mac.
First, a new iMac model is expected with a potential release date for later this year. This 2020 model will likely get an updated display with thinner bezels and undoubtedly some kind of hardware refresh.
Similarly, a new line of ARM-based Mac PCs and laptops could be unveiled this year. Apple has been long-rumored to move over to ARM processor and abandon the Intel chips its used in the past. This would give Apple more control over the Mac’s internal hardware and software capabilities, much like it can with the iPhone (which is also an ARM-based device).
The first ARM-based Macs are speculated to launch in late 2020 or early 2021, so an announcement next week would make sense if that’s indeed Apple’s timeline. The pandemic has slowed production across the entire tech industry, so it’s always possible these expected announcements have changed. Whatever the case, we’ll find out soon.