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iOS 14 release date: OS update still getting unveiled in June; Apple hosts WWDC 2020 with one major change
There is good news and not-so-good news the came to light recently about iOS 14. The good news is Apple will not delay this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where the iOS 14 and other software updates will be unveiled. On the flip side, the company has decided to drastically change the event’s format this year.
iOS 14 announcement: WWDC 2020 changes format caused by coronavirus pandemic
The WWDC has been a well-attended event for many years now since it is the culmination of Apple’s upcoming software products and operating system updates. However, app developers will no longer have to secure tickets for WWDC this year or make travel plans because they can see it unfold at the comfort of their homes.
Apple announced Friday that the WWDC 2020 would be entirely an online event in June. It was confirmed that the iOS 14, as well as the updates for iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, are still slated to be presented at the WWDC. Given the continuously rising number of coronavirus cases in the United States and around the world, this seems to be the best option Apple has. It is still better than having the WWDC ultimately canceled.
The company did not mention a specific date for the WWDC 2020 in the announcement this week. But, over the years, the event has been held within the first month of June. Depending on how much adjustments Apple needs to address, the same schedule is likely to be maintained this year.
iOS 14 release date window: Is it still slated for a fall season launch?
Keeping the WWDC in June is a very good indication that iOS 14 is on track for a fall season release date. However, it should be noted that the pandemic has forced major tech companies, including Apple, Google, and Amazon, to let their employees work remotely to maintain social distancing and prevent further viral transmissions.
As for Apple, a memo from Tim Cook was obtained by Bloomberg earlier this week, where the CEO tells employees to “feel free to work remotely if your job allows” from March 9 to 13. The document was later confirmed by a company spokesperson. With this little change to the work schedule in Apple’s offices, software engineers can deliver iOS 14 in time for the anticipated full launch in fall.