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Apple today announced more details about its 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), including some initial details about online sessions and the start time of the keynote.
The keynote is scheduled to begin on Monday June 22nd at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT; convert to your time zone here). We will blog the event here on Ars as soon as it happens. During these WWDC keynotes, Apple executives typically take to the stage to explain Apple's software plans for the year.
Of course, nothing will be typical for this year's keynote, as it will be completely online for the first time due to the pandemic. However, we expect a similar list of announcements as in previous years. Software such as the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch operating systems are almost always the focus of WWDC announcements, but the company has already used the event to announce key new hardware products or services.
For example, Apple introduced Apple Music 2015 at WWDC and the redesigned Mac Pro Tower last year. Hardware rumors are light this time around, but there were signs of a new iMac, including an unchecked leak and a recent drop in supply of current models. A recent report said Apple was planning to begin switching to ARM-based processors for Macs earlier this year. However, we have to wait until June 22nd to know for sure.
Those wishing to go deeper than the keynote intended can join the company's traditional Platforms State of the Union meeting, which will take place shortly after the keynote at 2:00 p.m. PDT.
In addition to announcing the keynote timing, Apple today announced that this year's WWDC will include "100+ Engineering Sessions" that will be released as a video collection every day of the week-long event. Videos will be "available to everyone," according to Apple's event landing page.
The WWDC is also preceded by a long overdue redesign of the official Apple developer forums on June 18. And those with developer accounts can schedule 1-to-1 developer labs that Apple personally offered at previous conferences. A developer account is also required to post on the forums.