Apple shifts annual developers conference to online-only format

FILE PHOTO: The Apple logo is shown atop an Apple store at a shopping mall in La Jolla, California, U.S., December 17, 2019, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

(Reuters) - Apple Inc AAPL.O on Friday moved its annual developers conference in San Jose, California, in June entirely online, citing the "current health situation."

Apple is the latest largest technology company to cancel or move its software developer conference online. Facebook Inc FB.O, Microsoft Corp MSFT.O and Alphabet Inc's GOOGL.O Google all previously did so.

Apple’s annual conference typically attracts more than 5,000 attendees. The company said in a statement that it would commit $1 million to local San Jose organizations to offset associated revenue loss as a result of the new online format.

On Monday, officials in Santa Clara County where San Jose is located banned gatherings of 1,000 people or more for at least three weeks. Late Wednesday, the office of Governor Gavin Newsom banned all gatherings of more than 250 people in the state through the end of March.

Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Richard Chang