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Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, where the company traditionally unveils the next generation of its iOS mobile operating system, will kick off on June 2 this year, with randomly selected attendees set to be announced next week.




Developers can register for WWDC, which will be held as usual at Moscone West, starting today, through next Monday, April 7 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. They will be issued through random selection that same day, and developers will be notified of their status by 5 p.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Eastern.

"We have the most amazing developer community in the world and have a great week planned for them," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Every year the WWDC audience becomes more diverse, with developers from almost every discipline you can imagine and coming from every corner of the globe. We look forward to sharing with them our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps."

Registration is now available at developer.apple.com/wwdc/.

Apple also announced that 200 student scholarships will be available, giving students around the world the chance to earn a free ticket. In addition, this year the National Center for Women & Information Technology and its alliance partners will help promote scholarships to female engineers and coders.




Events scheduled for WWDC 2014 include:

  • More than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies;
  • more than 1,000 Apple engineers supporting over 100 hands-on labs and events to provide developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and OS X technologies in their apps;
  • the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X, and how to enhance an app's functionality, performance, quality and design;
  • the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS and OS X developers from around the world--last year more than 60 countries were represented;
  • a new series of get togethers for attendees focused on particular topics with special guest speakers and activities;
  • engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and
  • Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone, iPad and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.


Apple also announced that the June 2 State of the Union session and the Apple Design Awards will be live streamed via the WWDC website, allowing developers from around the world access to the latest information in real time. Videos from all technical sessions will be posted throughout the week on the Apple Developer website and will be available to all registered developers.
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Can't wait for Apple Design Awards. 

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Hmmm, if you're lucky enough to get selected could you then sell your ticket for a HUGE profit? Could Apple stop you doing that?

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1) sold out in...4 minutes this time?

2) WWDC iOS app #4?

3) if there's one thing Samsung or Google can't copy, it the vibrancy of these yearly 'get togethers'

4) scalpers?
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Hmmm, if you're lucky enough to get selected could you then sell your ticket for a HUGE profit? Could Apple stop you doing that?

If I remember correctly, the tickets can't be re-sold (scalped). They can only be used by the registered owner. Does this mean they check your ID when you get your badge? Don't remember since I haven't been to a WWDC for several years.

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1) sold out in...4 minutes this time?

2) WWDC iOS app #4?

3) if there's one thing Samsung or Google can't copy, it the vibrancy of these yearly 'get togethers'

4) scalpers?
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Using a lottery so there is nothing to "sell out".
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Hmmm, if you're lucky enough to get selected could you then sell your ticket for a HUGE profit? Could Apple stop you doing that?

When you get to the event, you need present evidence you are the person that bought the ticket. e.g.  your ticket is signed by the buyers AppleID.

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the logo looks like an old school crt tv dot matrix....

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I'm curious of 

1) how many 'invited' developers there will be?  I can't see Apple ignoring some of the leading iOS/OSX core developer teams

2) how it will address non attendee's need to know.   Will most sessions be available 'faster?' than last time?   Will there be social media (FaceTime/messages) access from non-attendees to interact with presenters?

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I like how Apple is doing it this year. Lots of lead time and doing the lottery allows them to really know how many people want to attend and from where. Should give them a good idea if a second WWDC, maybe in Europe, is needed.
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Seems like Apple has big and brand new things this year.
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Seems like Apple has big and brand new things this year.

 

Don't they have every year???

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I like how Apple is doing it this year. Lots of lead time and doing the lottery allows them to really know how many people want to attend and from where. Should give them a good idea if a second WWDC, maybe in Europe, is needed.

 

I think they would be a good idea, to have a second developers conference in Europe for those on the other side of the world. Then you could have language specific Apple engineers in Europe for the individual countries and it would also help with the US one filling up. I guess one could also argue Apple should also have one in Asia as well. 

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Seems from the invite that Apple TV will get love.
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Awesome - looking forward to the next ios, and any other secret announcements!
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1) sold out in...4 minutes this time?

3) if there's one thing Samsung or Google can't copy, it the vibrancy of these yearly 'get togethers'

Edit: pipped by @saarek

You have no clue what you're talking about. This lottery system is exactly what Google already is doing for Google I/O because it's so popular and sells out within minutes. The demand to get into Google I/O is just as high as the Apple Conference. Stop spreading untrue information.
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The second picture looks like an Apple TV.

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Well at least confirmation that we will indeed see the next version of OS X as well. Syrah, or whatever it was called internally.

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The second picture looks like an Apple TV.

???

 

They all look like App Icons.

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You have no clue what you're talking about. This lottery system is exactly what Google already is doing for Google I/O because it's so popular and sells out within minutes. The demand to get into Google I/O is just as high as the Apple Conference. Stop spreading untrue information.
Last years Google I/O sold out in under an hour according to the Verge. http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/13/4093792/google-io-2013-registration-now-open-for-developers. WWDC sold out in 71 seconds according to Apple. Google I/O never sold out as fast as WWDC. WWDC is still the most popular non-gaming developer conference.
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Last years Google I/O sold out in under an hour according to the Verge. http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/13/4093792/google-io-2013-registration-now-open-for-developers. WWDC sold out in 71 seconds according to Apple. Google I/O never sold out as fast as WWDC. WWDC is still the most popular non-gaming developer conference.

I'm not sure that means one event or the other is necessarily 'more popular' - we don't know anything about numbers.

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Google event is to award and showcase which one copied the best and another category is who lost more money for Google
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Originally Posted by GeorgeiP5 View Post

Seems like Apple has big and brand new things this year.

It does? Phil Schiller's statements could have been plucked out of at least the last 2 WWDC's in a row.

 

"Next generation of iOS & OS X"

 

Nothing unexpected about that. Of course they have iOS 8 and OS 10.10 to show off. June is 6 months into the year and Apple has released nothing except an 8 GB iPhone 5c. This is also the second year in a row that they've let the entire first half of the year go quiet without a new product.

 

And quite honestly, 2013 was nothing special. When Apple let 6 months go by without a peep, and then delivered nothing extra to what was already expected (iPhones and iPads), and one completely overdue product refresh (Mac Pro) which no one could get until about a month ago, people expected to see big things happen in the first half of 2014....because surely Apple just ran out of time in late 2013 and couldn't release anything else they were working on....

 

....yet here we are in 2014 and the first peep out of Apple is announcing WWDC in June....again. Which means, as one would have to expect, there will be room for extras this year either. iOS & OS X updates. iPhone & iPad updates. A Mac or two will see a refresh.

 

Thats probably it.

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Google event is to award and showcase which one copied the best and another category is who lost more money for Google

It's people like you who make the world worse. This is completely untrue and you know. I'm excited to see what Apple is going to come out with and can't wait to get the larger screen iPhone. 

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I was try trying to quote Tim Cook when he made that speech to the top 100 but then I forgo so... Ya but hopefully we'll see that bigger but not over sized iPhone and iWatch. Hopefully a new top box Apple TV.
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I like how Apple is doing it this year. Lots of lead time and doing the lottery allows them to really know how many people want to attend and from where. Should give them a good idea if a second WWDC, maybe in Europe, is needed.
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I think they would be a good idea, to have a second developers conference in Europe for those on the other side of the world. Then you could have language specific Apple engineers in Europe for the individual countries and it would also help with the US one filling up. I guess one could also argue Apple should also have one in Asia as well. 

On the surface I agree with you two but remember that Apple uses their own engineers for these sessions and their campus pretty much shuts down for a week to accommodate WWDC.

For this to work in Europe (and other places) they'd have to hire instructors specifically for this task that can learn from the engineers that created the tools being taught and then relay that info to us because we really can't have Apple being gutted for additional weeks through the year. This means also being able to field questions from attendees. It also means you lose a lot of what makes these sessions so special and valuable.

Because of those reasons I think it's just better that they post the videos of every single session online; which is something they do very quickly at this point.

The only other option seems to be a larger facility so they can house more people which means they have more people in a given session and potentially repeat sessions. But what facility near Cupertino could be used?

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Last years Google I/O sold out in under an hour according to the Verge. http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/13/4093792/google-io-2013-registration-now-open-for-developers. WWDC sold out in 71 seconds according to Apple. Google I/O never sold out as fast as WWDC. WWDC is still the most popular non-gaming developer conference.

Did you factor in the maximum number of attendees? Is that info available? I think it's around 1500 for WWDC.

edit: Steve Jobs has stated it was 5000 on a previous year. Google I/O stated 5500 for 2013. Each were sold out and held in the same location.

Google I/O only costs $900 (or only $300 for those that can provide a student ID) whilst Apple charges $1600 for WWDC. Apple has no discount rate for students but they do offer 200 free tickets to students which are given out by providing an app that shows off your skills which will then get judged by others at a Apple.

Last year Google did have the odd requirement of registrants having both a Google+ and Google Wallet account before signing up which may account for an extra minute or two of the 49 minutes it took them to sell out.
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It does? Phil Schiller's statements could have been plucked out of at least the last 2 WWDC's in a row.

"Next generation of iOS & OS X"

Nothing unexpected about that. Of course they have iOS 8 and OS 10.10 to show off. June is 6 months into the year and Apple has released nothing except an 8 GB iPhone 5c. This is also the second year in a row that they've let the entire first half of the year go quiet without a new product.

And quite honestly, 2013 was nothing special. When Apple let 6 months go by without a peep, and then delivered nothing extra to what was already expected (iPhones and iPads), and one completely overdue product refresh (Mac Pro) which no one could get until about a month ago, people expected to see big things happen in the first half of 2014....because surely Apple just ran out of time in late 2013 and couldn't release anything else they were working on....

....yet here we are in 2014 and the first peep out of Apple is announcing WWDC in June....again. Which means, as one would have to expect, there will be room for extras this year either. iOS & OS X updates. iPhone & iPad updates. A Mac or two will see a refresh.

Thats probably it.
Basically we have no idea what Apple is going to announce at WWDC. Schiller isn't going to give anything away in a press release announcing when tickets go on sale.
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the logo looks like an old school crt tv dot matrix....

It also suggests an LCD matrix which becomes 3/4 empty space when it's driven by an IGZO backplane. Driving more pixels has to be the next big thing for developers. Or so we might expect for this year.
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Seems from the invite that Apple TV will get love.
Originally Posted by daphreev View Post
The second picture looks like an Apple TV.

 

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On the surface I agree with you two but remember that Apple uses their own engineers for these sessions and their campus pretty much shuts down for a week to accommodate WWDC.

For this to work in Europe (and other places) they'd have to hire instructors specifically for this task that can learn from the engineers that created the tools being taught and then relay that info to us because we really can't have Apple being gutted for additional weeks through the year. This means also being able to field questions from attendees. It also means you lose a lot of what makes these sessions so special and valuable.

Because of those reasons I think it's just better that they post the videos of every single session online; which is something they do very quickly at this point.

The only other option seems to be a larger facility so they can house more people which means they have more people in a given session and potentially repeat sessions. But what facility near Cupertino could be used?
Did you factor in the maximum number of attendees? Is that info available? I think it's around 1500 for WWDC.

 

I agree they'd have to have region specific engineers for Europe and/or Asia

 

WWDC actually has around 5200 attendees. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Worldwide_Developers_Conference

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???

 

They all look like App Icons.

 

This is what I was thinking...they just look like tiny individual app icons. I would think they'd have a separate event for an AppleTV release. 

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This is what I was thinking...they just look like tiny individual app icons. I would think they'd have a separate event for an AppleTV release. 
But if they're announcing an SDK/AppStore wouldn't they want to do that at WWDC? If all they announce are updates to iOS and OSX that will be a pretty boring conference.
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The second picture looks like an Apple TV.
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They had a similar one lat year. I hope to see a Apple TV iOS 7 style update. Got a samsung TV, dislike smart hub
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The only other option seems to be a larger facility so they can house more people which means they have more people in a given session and potentially repeat sessions. But what facility near Cupertino could be used?

There is none.

 

Moscone Center is the largest convention space in SF Bay Area, with good access to hotels and public transit. This is why Oracle, Google, SalesForce, and others use the same facility.

 

Moving the WWDC to another city (like Las Vegas) brings its own set of headaches, challenges, and costs.

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The first pics with the Apple Logos stem looks like those blocks could be iWatch and there deferent sizes so it could mean iWatch is coming in deferent sizes, or just pixels to a better screen... Something about sizes I think.
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Time to decode the images released with the announcment!!
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I like how Apple is doing it this year. Lots of lead time and doing the lottery allows them to really know how many people want to attend and from where. Should give them a good idea if a second WWDC, maybe in Europe, is needed.

It wouldn't be WWDC then. Instead you would have AWDC, EWDC and AWDC, for Americas, Europe and Asia. Due to the usual technology roll outs that wouldn't work at all
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This is Apple's answer to Amazon? No wonder they are doomed!
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I wonder what new tech will they announce.
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Don't they have every year???

For many if they don't understand something they don't see it as new or a feather in Apples cap. This is why the great accomplishment of the A series processors gets ignored, especially the A7. A7 is a significant confirmation of Apples design skills, the more information that leaks out the more it becomes obvious that A7 demonstrates a significant advancement for Apple and is in fact a very new product.

On the other hand I do expect much more this year than last so maybe it is the potential magnitude of releases before WWDC that has people excited.
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