For the past three years, Apple has hosted the Worldwide Developers Conference at the San Jose Convention Center, but thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, WWDC 2020 is now an online event. So what can you expect from the new virtual format and when and how can you watch the keynote and developer sessions?
The new coronavirus may have closed Apple & # 39; s personal event, but the show must go on. So there won't be thousands of developers in a convention center, but there will be millions around the world who will tune in and learn everything they need to work with in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. And while the individual sessions are for developers only, the keynote can be viewed by anyone .
What is expected at WWDC 2020? and swipe typing, among many other functions. It also showed macOS Catalina 1
0.15, watchOS 6, tvOS 13 and iPadOS 13, as well as the Mac Pro (3rd generation) and Pro Display XDR.
For many of us, the highlight of WWDC 2020 will be the unveiling of iOS 14 (and iPadOS 14), which is claimed to come with massive iMessages updates, new customization options and a new Fitness app, among many others functions. But Apple also shows watchOS 7, tvOS 14 and macOS 10.16.
As for hardware, Apple may unveil, or at least tease, its upcoming Bluetooth-based AirTags product, similar to tile trackers. We may also see Apple's new over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones, which we saw a hint at in iOS 14's code, which will likely be high-end Beats and not AirPods. And while Apple notoriously canceled its AirPower charging mat over a year ago, it may be working on a “smaller wireless charging mat,” which can be discussed in the keynote, according to Ming-Chi Kuo.
When Is WWDC 2020 Streaming?
Apple first announced that WWDC 2020 would be moved to a fully virtual format on March 1945, scheduled for June, the month in which the conference took place over 16 of the past 17 years of events. . On May 5, it announced June 22 as the official date of the Internet-only developer special.
For developers, June 22 marks the first day of a normal five-day conference, filled with virtual events. and competitions. For the general public, it means a fantastic live stream of the keynote, where we can show Apple the upcoming software. For many of us, the cream of the crop will be the reveal of iOS 14 (and iPadOS 14), which is said to be accompanied by massive iMessages updates, new customization options and a new Fitness app, among many other features.
The live stream of the keynote presentation begins on June 22 at 10:00 AM PDT (1:00 PM EDT), the traditional time that begins throughout the week-long conference. As far as viewing is concerned, things will likely be similar to last year's event:
What will it take to livestream the keynote?
Although Apple recommends using one of those device and app combinations to view the event, you do not need . Long ago, Apple needed it, but now it works much better. For example, you can watch live events in recent versions of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, as long as those versions support MSE (Media Service Extensions), in addition to H.264 (video) and AAC (audio). If you prefer to use a different browser, it should work fine as long as it meets these qualifications.
You can also play the event AirPlay on an Apple TV (2nd generation or higher). You only need the latest tvOS version as well as the most recent version of iOS or macOS.
If you are trying to watch a live Apple event on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV, the Apple Developer or Apple Events apps are the best choice. If you use a Mac or PC or would rather not download those apps, use the link below to view the stream in Safari or another compatible browser.
Can you watch the livestream from Android?  Apple usually pretends that Android devices don't exist in the "how to watch" instructions, so you wouldn't be sorry you don't think they are compatible. However, your Android phone is more than capable of live streaming the event. Just follow the rule of thumb for web browsers we discussed above. If you're using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you're all set, since those two support MSE, H.264 and AAC. Any other web browsers that support these formats should work fine too.
If you rock an Amazon Fire tablet, you should also find the stream supported on popular web browsers. You can also copy and paste the video URL into an app like VLC for Android or VLC for Fire, but that shouldn't be necessary these days.
How do you view WWDC & # 39; s individual sessions?
If you are a developer, many of the above requirements and ways apply to all sessions and contests outside of the keynote. The Apple Developer app for iOS and iPadOS is one way and the other is to go to Apple's developer website at:
Best of all, it's all free (provided you have a developer account). Apple typically charges about $ 1,600 per ticket to attend WWDC in San Jose in person, but with the internet-only event, it's free for everyone.
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