APPLE is preparing to reveal major news about some of your favourite gadgets – including iPhone, iPad and Mac.
The Californian gadget maker is hosting its annual WWDC keynote speech tonight, and could reveal brand new devices.
What is Apple's WWDC?
Nicknamed 'dub dub', WWDC an annual Apple event used to showcase loads of new tech at its flashy headquarters in California.
It stands for the Worldwide Developers Conference – an annual get-together for app makers hosted by Apple.
It typically sees Apple revealing major software news, including big updates for its most popular devices – like the iPhone and iPad.
This is the first year ever where Apple will host WWDC entirely virtually.
Apple WWDC news and rumours – what to expect
We still don't know exactly what Apple will be announcing in its keynote.
But we'd typically expect to see new versions of iOS, macOS and watchOS – the software that powers iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch.
It's also possible that Apple could announce new gadgets.
A new 14-inch MacBook Pro, and a Tile-style tracker tag called the AirTag that links to your iPhone, are among rumoured products.
However, Apple is unlikely to provide any clues ahead of time.
"WWDC20 will be our biggest yet, bringing together our global developer community of more than 23 million in an unprecedented way for a week in June to learn about the future of Apple platforms," said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
"We can’t wait to meet online in June with the global developer community and share with them all of the new tools we’ve been working on to help them create even more incredible apps and services.
"We look forward to sharing more details about WWDC20 with everyone as we get closer to this exciting event."
Apple WWDC 2020 Swift Student Challenge
Apple has also announced the Swift Student Challenge alongside its WWDC reveal.
It's described as an opportunity for student developers to create their own Swift playgrounds.
Swift Playgrounds is an iPad and Mac app designed to make learning the Swift programming language fun.
It's aimed at both kids and adults, letting you learn the language by playing a level-based game.
Student developers were able to submit their own interact scenes for a Swift playground, right up until May 18 – with winners announced at WWDC 2020.
And the prize is an exclusive WWDC jacket.
"Students are an integral part of the Apple developer community, and last year WWDC saw attendance from more than 350 student developers spanning 37 different countries," said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
"As we look forward to WWDC 2020, although our gathering will be virtual this year, we want to recognise and celebrate the creative contributions of our young developers from around the world.
"We can’t wait to see this next generation of innovative thinkers turn their ideas into a reality through the Swift Student Challenge."
Apple WWDC 2020 times and schedule – when is the keynote?
Here's the full schedule for WWDC 2020…
Special Event Keynote – June 22, 10am PT (6pm UK time): This is where we'll hear about the big Apple news, likely from chief Tim Cook himself.
Platforms State of the Union – June 22, 2pm PT (10pm UK time): This is where Apple engineers will reveal new tech advances for various software platforms, like iOS and macOS.
100+ Engineering Sessions – June 23-36: Apple is hosting a range of sessions to teach people how to create "the next generation of apps".
All-New Apple Developer Forums – June 18: This is where Apple will connect developers with Apple engineers to answer questions they have.
1-on-1 Developer Labs (by appointment) – June 23-26: Developers can request their own appointments with Apple engineers to answer technical questions.
App makers can get the full WWDC schedule by downloading the Apple Developer app.
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