Tim Cook's Historic Keynote At WWDC 2020


Good morning. And welcome to WWDC. WWDC is an incredibly important event to Apple, our developers and our users. It's here that we bring some of our biggest innovations to life. And we have not stopped innovating, doing the work that will enrich people's lives for years to come. Because we're all looking forward to a more hopeful tomorrow.

That's why we believe it's so important to have WWDC this year. And while it cannot possibly feel the same in here without you, I can assure you that we have a great show ahead of us. This year we're delivering the conference in a whole new way to all of you around the world, directly to your home. And we want to welcome you to our home here at Apple Park.

I'd like to first talk to you about two big things that are happening in the world right now.

To start, I want to address the topic of racism, inequality and injustice and to recognize the pain being felt throughout our nation, especially in our Black and Brown communities, after the senseless killing of George Floyd. And while the events of this past month are sadly not new, they have caused us to face long-standing institutional inequalities and social injustices.


This country was founded on the principles of freedom and equality for all. For too many people and for too long, we haven't lived up to those ideals. We're inspired and moved by the passionate people around our nation and around the world who have stood up to demand change. We must all aim far higher to build a future that lives up to our ideals. This means taking action.

Two weeks ago, we announced Apple's Racial Equity and Justice Initiative with a commitment of one hundred million dollars. Starting in the United States, and expanding over time, this initiative will challenge systemic barriers that limit opportunity for communities of color in the critical areas of education, economic equality and criminal justice.

We also announced something important for this community, the new Developer Entrepreneur Camp for Black developers. We want to do everything we can to foster the brightest lights and best ideas. At Apple, our mission has always been to make the world a better place, and we're committed to being a force for change.

Right now our world is also battling a virus that is affecting the daily lives of billions of people. We want to thank the dedicated people everywhere, especially our health-care workers, who have made tremendous sacrifices to take care of those in need.


We've also seen the profound impact our products have had. People are relying on them more than ever to remain connected to family and friends, to do their work, to express their creativity, to be entertained as well as to entertain others.

Today the world is counting on all of us, and on the products and experiences that we create, to move forward. Because throughout history, great challenges have been met with great creativity and important breakthroughs. That's why we're so excited about this year's conference. This is going to be truly a unique week, delivered unlike any that we've done before.

There will be more than a hundred engineering-led video sessions, one-on-one consultations with Apple engineers, developer forums and so much more, delivered to you from different locations right here at Apple Park. And this year, the conference will be available to our entire community of 23 million developers, as well as anyone who is interested, for free.

Presenting the conference in this way allows us to be more inclusive than ever. Perhaps this will inspire the next generation of developers. So even though we can't be together in person, in some ways we're going to be more together than ever. Today we're going to push each of our platforms forward in some exciting and breakthrough ways.

With that, let's get started by sending it over to Craig.

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Thanks, Craig.

Big Sur is going to be a great release of macOS. But that's only part of the story, because today is going to be a truly historic day for the Mac.

Today we're going to tell you about some really big changes, how we're going to take the Mac to a whole new level. From the very beginning, the Mac redefined the entire computer industry. The Mac has always been about innovation and boldly pushing things forward, embracing big changes to stay at the forefront of personal computing. The Mac has had three major transitions in its history.

The move to PowerPC, the transition to Mac OS X and the move to Intel.

And now it's time for a huge leap forward for the Mac, because today is the day we're announcing that the Mac is transitioning... to our own Apple Silicon.

When we make bold changes, it's for one simple yet powerful reason: so we can make much better products. When we look ahead, we envision some amazing new products, and transitioning to our own custom silicon is what will enable us to bring them to life.

At Apple, integrating hardware and software is fundamental to everything we do. That's what makes our products so great. And silicon is at the heart of our hardware. So having a world-class silicon design team is a game changer. To tell you more about Apple Silicon and how it will take Mac to the next level, I'd like to send you over to Johny Srouji at one of our labs in an undisclosed location.

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Thank you, Craig, and thank you, Johny.

It truly is a historic day for the Mac. Our vision for the Mac has always been about embracing breakthrough innovation and having the courage to make bold changes. Every time we've done this, the Mac has come out stronger and more capable. And I have never been more confident about the future of the Mac than I am today.

So, what's the timeline for this transition? Well, for developers, it begins this week with the valuable information delivered at this conference as well as applying for the Quick Start Program. And for the customers, we expect to ship our first Mac with Apple Silicon by the end of this year, and we expect the transition to take about two years. 

We plan to continue to support and release new versions of macOS for Intel-based Macs for years to come. In fact, we have some new Intel-based Macs in the pipeline that we're really excited about.

What a huge leap forward for the Mac and for Apple. Apple Silicon will bring amazing technologies, industry-leading performance, and a common architecture across all of our products. What an incredible day of announcements. As you've seen, we haven't stopped innovating.

We pushed all of our platforms forward in some amazing new ways. Our OS releases will be available as developer betas today. And each of them will have a public beta, including watchOS for the very first time, starting next month. And all of this great software will be available to our customers this fall.

We hope you've enjoyed this very special keynote and that you're ready for the big week ahead, with over 100 engineering-led video sessions, one-on-one consultations with Apple engineers, and so much more. We can't wait to start working with all of you and watch you do the best work of your lives.

At Apple, we've always drawn strength from the diversity of our global community because we truly believe when we all work together, we can change the world for the better.

Thanks to you all for joining us. This has been such a big day, and it's only the beginning of a huge week to come. So let's have a great WWDC.

Source: Apple WWDC 2020.

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