Apple details exactly how WWDC 2020 will go down

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Apple WWDC 2020 lineup revealed
Apple's first online-only WWDC will be open to all.
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WWDC 2020 Apple laid out its plans for “the biggest WWDC to date” in a press release Wednesday, detailing exactly how the first online-only developers conference will go down.

With live streams available on Apple’s website, YouTube and other platforms, everyone can watch the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on June 22. During the highly anticipated event, Cupertino’s execs will showcase what the future holds for iPhone, Mac and other Apple devices.

Developers get their mitts on first watchOS 6.2.8 beta

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watchOS 6.2.8 beta is out
watchOS 6.2.8 Developer Beta 1 starts the testing process for the next Apple Watch update.
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Apple on Wednesday gave developers their very first look at watchOS 6.2.8. When it moves past the beta stage, this update squash some bugs. It’s not yet known if there will be any new features.

This beta version will not be released to the public. Average users will have the await for the final version.

Apple’s new beta updates usher in iCloud folder sharing, universal purchases

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First iPadOS 13.4 Developer beta includes iCloud folder sharing
Developers can install iPadOS 13.4 to test out iCloud folder sharing. The same goes for iOS 13.4 and macOS 10.15.4.
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The first pre-release versions of updates for all Apple computers include significant new features. iCloud folder sharing makes its delayed debut. And the ability to buy the iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS versions of third-party software as a single purchase is coming too.

These features appear in the initial developer betas of iOS 13.4, macOS 10.15.4, iPadOS 13.4, tvOS 13.4 and watchOS 6.2.

Apple waives developer fees for nonprofits, others in 8 additional countries

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Apple waives developer fees for nonprofits, others in 8 additional countries
Developers won't have to shell out their hard-earned bucks for accounts if they fulfil certain criteria.
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Tim Cook wants Apple to be a force for good in the world. To help with this mission, Apple offers waivers on the usual $99 developer account fees for nonprofits, educational institutions, and government groups producing free apps.

Now Apple is expanding eligibility to eight more countries. That brings the total number of countries to offer waived developer fees to 13.

Apple’s Reality Converter simplifies creating 3D augmented reality objects

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Adobe Aero on an iPad Pro
Augmented reality has the potential to revolutionize education, driving, shopping, medicine, and many other fields.
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Apple’s Reality Converter gives developers a free tool to convert, view, and customize 3D objects into USDZ, the file format Apple uses for augmented reality content. This is clearly part of the company’s drive to play a significant role in AR development.

Screen Time improvements move closer with third iOS 13.3 beta

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iPadOS 13.3 Developer beta
Developers can download iPadOS 13.3, along with the nearly identical iOS 13.3.
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Pre-release testing of iOS 13.3 and the iPad equivalent keeps chugging along. This is the third week in a row Apple introduced new beta versions.

When the full version is released, it will add an important feature to Screen Time, allowing parents to limit with whom their children communicate.

iOS 13.3 takes another step toward release

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iPadOS 13.3 Developer beta
A second beta of iPadOS 13.3 and the iPhone equivalent just came out.
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The beta process for iOS 13.3 and its iPad equivalent is moving along. Apple just seeded the second beta of each to developers. The final version, when it’s released to the general public, will help parents limit who their kids talk to with a big improvement to Screen Time.

In addition, there are new betas of watchOS 6.1.1 and tvOS 13.3.