By Dan Moren
February 29, 2020 9:08 AM PT
The Back Page: Welcome to Virtual WWDC
Good morning, everyone. While we believe the current risk of exposure to the coronavirus remains low, we at Apple have decided to put the interest of public health and the safety of our developers and employees first. As a result, this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, instead of being held in San Jose at the McEnery Convention Center, will instead take place entirely in…the digital realm.
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Welcome…to Virtual WWDC.
Naturally, our keynote, state of the union, and other presentations will be streamed live to all registered developers around the world. But that’s the easy part. We want to replicate the true WWDC experience as much as possible, and so we’ve developed a number of cutting edge systems and leveraged our immense supply chain to make that happen.
For example, though we are streaming the keynote, the session will also provide for limited interactivity. Your Mac, iOS device, and even Apple TV will be able to detect clapping, laughing, and “woo-ing”, which will then be piped to the rest of the audience, so you can feel like you are even there.…