Tech giants keep their conferences virtual for second year

Both Facebook and Apple will be keeping their annual developers conferences online again this year, after pivoting to a virtual format in 2020 as a response to the pandemic.

Facebook’s F8 developer conference will return in June with a scaled down event but without a traditional keynote by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The new formatted F8 Refresh would return the event “to its roots: a place to celebrate, inspire and help developers grow,” said Facebook’s VP of platform partnerships, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, who will deliver the opening presentation.

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is also returning in June with an online format.

“We love bringing our developers together each year at WWDC to learn about our latest technologies and to connect them with Apple engineers,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise and Education Marketing.

“We are working to make WWDC21 our biggest and best yet, and are excited to offer Apple developers new tools to support them as they create apps that change the way we live, work, and play.”