Apple could use iPhone cameras to stream WWDC 2020

According to a tweet by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is planning to use iPhones for streaming WWDC 2020 broadcasts, which starts on the 22nd of June. However, the use of iPhones is likely to be limited to developer sessions, and their keynote presentation and other prominent broadcasts are likely to involve more professional studio rigs and tracking equipment.

Amid stay-at-home orders in the U.S., production houses are already working with Apple to get some iPhone-powered rigs into the hands of producers and hosts. The list includes a ‘Parks and Recreation’ reunion, ‘Conan O’Brien’, ‘Jimmy Fallon’, and even American Idol.

“We know that people are relying on their favourite shows while staying at home, and we are happy to be a part of that process with the team at American Idol. iPhone offers a unique solution to deliver broadcast quality video, in the palm of your hand, while keeping production staff and on-air talent safe and in their homes,” stated Apple.

The American Idol producers are shooting the show by sending home studio rigs to each of the contestants and judges to shoot the final few episodes of the season. It includes a three-camera setup, including three iPhone 11 Pros, a tripod and a ring light.

Apple’s WWDC 2020 event kicks off on the 22nd of June and will be hosted in the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website as it will be their first virtual WWDC. The company’s decision to use iPhones for parts of the WWDC comes after Samsung shot and live-streamed their entire Unpacked 2020 event using the Galaxy S20 series.

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