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Apple event - as it happened: All the announcements from WWDC 2020, including iPhone, Mac and Watch updates

Anthony Cuthbertson,Andrew Griffin
Monday 22 June 2020 19:37 BST
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Apple held its WWDC event on Monday, revealing updates for every one of its platforms.

As well as new versions of the operating systems for its iPhone, iPad, Macs, Apple Watch and TVs, the company also revealed major new changes including the introduction of entirely new chips for its Macs.

It is the 31st time that Apple has held the event. But it is the first ever time that it has been entirely virtual, conducted only through the internet.

You can watch a replay of the live stream above and read The Independent's full coverage below.

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of WWDC 2020. Everything kicks off at 10am local pacific time, or 6pm in the UK. (Ie, in about eight-and-a-half hours.)

Andrew Griffin22 June 2020 09:25
Andrew Griffin22 June 2020 09:26

There are a whole lot of last-minute rumours coming out today – none of them especially definitive or significant.

They include a poster on Weibo claiming that the new version of MacOS will be called Big Sur, undergo a big UI redesign, and a new version of Safari. The same post claims that there'll be smaller changes in iOS 14, which will include widgets on the home screen and – finally – a phone call notification that doesn't take over the whole screen.

A number of late rumours have also suggested there'll be no hardware revealed. But it's not clear whether that means there will be none released, or none mentioned – it could still be that Apple announces that it has ARM Macs on their way, but that they're not actually released or launch during this event. (Rumours from reliable leaker Ming-Chi Kuo suggested new computers would come later this year.)

But generally there have been few last-minute leaks coming out of Apple today. Is that because the crackdown on leaks has worked? Is it because Apple isn't holding a physical event, so there's less chance of anyone getting a glimpse of any products? Or is it simply because there's not all that much to reveal? We'll find out later, maybe.

Andrew Griffin22 June 2020 11:20

Apple has applied for the "Rosetta" trademark in Japan, Macrumors notes. That's interesting because Rosetta was the software that Apple used to allow users and developers move from PowerPC to Intel processors – which was the last time Apple did anything like the rumoured ARM transition that could be announced today.

Andrew Griffin22 June 2020 11:23

Apple commentator John Gruber has had a guess at what the keynote could actually look like today, without the normal keynote and stage setup.

Andrew Griffin22 June 2020 11:28

The virtual format means Apple can get away with pre-recording the event if it so wishes. This may take away some of the excitement that comes with a live event, but it would minimise the risk of demonstrations going awry – something Apple is no stranger to, as this 11-minute blooper compilation demonstrates.

anthony.cuthbertson22 June 2020 14:07

Still over three hours to go but Tim Cook is ready.

anthony.cuthbertson22 June 2020 14:37

Cook's Memoji has come a long way in the two years since Apple first launched the feature. Weirdly his eyes have changed colour since the 2018 version.

anthony.cuthbertson22 June 2020 14:50

I'm now hoping the whole event is presented through Memojis.

anthony.cuthbertson22 June 2020 14:51

Whatever format the virtual event comes in, one thing for sure is that it will be entirely online. When Apple announced this in March, it also pledged to donate money to local businesses that would lose out as a result.

The tech giant said it will "commit $1 million to local San Jose organisations to offset associated revenue loss as a result of WWDC 2020’s new online format."

anthony.cuthbertson22 June 2020 15:16

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