Q&A: Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference

WHAT IS WWDC?
The conference is a high-profile gathering of people who build the Apple software that powers all its devices. It lasts a few days, but the attention is often on the opening keynote speech.

WHO ATTENDS?
Developers – the coders who build the apps and other software we all use on Apple devices.

WHERE IS IT?
The Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN HAPPENING?
Today marks the beginning of the 26th WWDC.

WHY DOES IT MATTER?
The announcements at WWDC directly effect the software that is made for consumers, and how our devices run.

CAN YOU SEE IT IF YOU’RE NOT THERE?
Yes, Apple is now streaming the keynote address live via its website. The company also makes videos of many of the speeches and sessions available online.

WHAT WERE PREVIOUS HIGHLIGHTS?
Apple has used WWDC to announce the redesign of its mobile iOS operating system. In particular the 2013 launch of iOS7 stirred controversy, when the firm showed a significant redesign, to a flatter appearance. It moved the software away significantly from the visuals conjured up by legendary founder Steve Jobs.

800m Number of iOS devices sold by last year’s WWDC

$741bn Apple’s market capitalisation

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