WWDC 2020 date, time, rumors and what to expect from Apple’s big show

WWDC 2020 (or Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 to give it its full name), Apple’s mid-year software-focused show, will indeed be held this year – and it will start on June 22.

It’s here that we’re likely to get our first official look at iOS 14, alongside various other software updates, like iPadOS 14, macOS 10.16 and watchOS 7

It’s entirely possible that we’ll see new hardware, though given the iPhone SE 2020, new iPad Pro, and even the new MacBook Pro have already been revealed, we’d bet Apple won’t have many surprises for us at WWDC 2020.

So there’s a lot to look forward to, and while there was some question over whether the show would go ahead, given the current Covid-19 pandemic, Apple has now confirmed that it will – but it’s going to be online-only.

Below you’ll find all the information on when the big WWDC keynote will be held as well as our best information so far on what Apple might show off on June 22.

When is WWDC 2020?

WWDC 2020

Apple has officially confirmed that WWDC 2020 will start on June 22. That’s no big surprise, since WWDC always kicks off in June, but it’s a bit late compared to previous years, which happened in the first or second weeks of the month. 

It could be later this year due to extra planning to adapt the event to its new online-only format, but Apple hasn’t confirmed that was specifically the case.

The show is confirmed to start on June 22 at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM BST with the main keynote where we’ll see a variety of the main updates get announced. Then the event runs for an entire week for developers to dig into the details of the new operating systems further.

The event will be free for developers, who previously had to pay $1,599 (around £1,284 / AU$2477) per ticket. Remember this is online-only though, and you’ll need specific credentials to join in away from the main keynote.

They’ll be able to access the event through the Apple Developer Program app – developers who want to tune in can start there or use the program’s website. If you’re just looking to tune into the main keynote, that’ll be easy to watch and you won’t need a developer account.

What to expect at WWDC 2020

As WWDC is focused on software, the most likely announcements are all software related, but there’s a significant amount of hardware that could make an appearance too. The following things are all possibilities.

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

WWDC 2020

This is what iOS 13 looks like on iPhone

While we’re not certain that all the things below will make an appearance at WWDC 2020, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 seem like safe bets, since Apple has a long history of announcing new mobile software at the event.

That said, this isn’t when the finished versions of the software will land on phones and tablets. Rather, Apple will likely announce many of the key features and changes, and release an early developer build.

This, while aimed at developers, will likely be accessible to users willing to jump through a few hoops, though a public beta will probably follow soon after anyway, with the finished software likely launching in late September alongside the iPhone 12.

watchOS 7

Apple Watch 5

We’re also very likely to get our first official look at watchOS 7 during WWDC 2020, though as with iOS 14 it probably won’t be finished and launched before late September, where it might land alongside the Apple Watch 6.

We haven’t heard any rumors about watchOS 7 yet, but likely will do in the coming weeks.

macOS 10.16

macOS Catalina

It’s not just mobile software that we’ll likely get a look at during WWDC, the next version of macOS is also likely to be unveiled. We don’t know anything about macOS 10.16 yet, but going by previous releases it – like the other software on show – will probably get revealed at WWDC 2020 but not fully launch until at least September.

Apple AirTags

Tile Pro

Tile Pro

Apple has long been rumored to be working on a Tile rival, possibly called AirTag, which would be a small device that you can put in a wallet or a rucksack (or attach to other belongings) and then track them if they go missing.

We’ve heard that this might land in the first half of the year, so WWDC is a possibility. That said, it hasn’t specifically been linked to WWDC, so we’re not at all sure that we’ll see it there.

HomePod 2

Apple HomePod

The original Apple HomePod

Apple is likely working on a new HomePod, with some reports suggesting that it could be a more compact one, possibly launching as the HomePod Mini.

But whether the HomePod Mini or HomePod 2, there’s a good chance a new model will land in 2020, and WWDC 2020 is a likely venue for the announcement, especially as the original HomePod was announced at a WWDC (though it didn’t hit stores until a long time later).

Apple TV and tvOS 14

Mention of a new Apple TV 4K model was recently found in tvOS software, so a new Apple TV could be on the way, and it’s possible it will land at WWDC.

Whether or not new hardware does though, there’s also a high chance that new software will, in the form of tvOS 14, especially given that tvOS 13 was shown off at WWDC 2019, followed by a launch in September.

New Mac hardware

MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)

We’ve mentioned that new Mac software is likely to be announced at WWDC. Well, new Mac hardware is as well. At WWDC 2019 we got the Mac Pro. At WWDC 2020 we could potentially see a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or refreshed versions of any of Apple’s other desktop or laptop hardware.

In fact, one big rumor suggests a new Apple iMac with an AMD Navi GPU is set to debut at the show.

Perhaps the biggest rumor of all is a source saying Apple may use WWDC to announce its plans to ditch Intel processors for its future Macs. That’d be a big step for Apple, and this information comes from people directly familiar with the matter.

That’s unlikely to impact any products introduced in 2020, but it’s be a major change for next year’s Mac range.

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