Apple has today announced that its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place in June 10-14th, 2013 at San Francisco’s Moscone West this year. Tickets will be on sale tomorrow, April 25th at 10am.
An interesting note, you must have been a member of Apple’s Developer Program before they posted their announcement today in order to purchase tickets. This means ticket speculators won’t be able to jump on this announcement by buying into the program between now and tomorrow.
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Ticket sales were pre-announced this year, which was likely done in order to make it fairer for developers in various time zones. Another new feature: session videos will apparently be made available during the conference, rather than weeks or months later as Apple says “We’ll be posting videos of all our sessions during the conference, so Registered Apple Developers can take advantage of great WWDC content.”
The company will focus on the future of iOS and OS X at the conference, featuring more than 100 technical sessions by Apple engineers.
“We look forward to gathering at WWDC 2013 with the incredible community of iOS and OS X developers,” says Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller in the release. “Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.”
So, presumably, we’ll be seeing the latest versions of OS X 10.9 and iOS 7 coming out of the conference, though this isn’t explicitly stated.
The itinerary provided so far for the conference includes the following:
- 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;
- 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.
There are also a few restrictions on ticket purchases, as per usual:
Ticket purchases are limited to one (1) per person and five (5) per organization. The same credit card may be used up to five (5) times to purchase all of the tickets for your organization. However, each team member must sign in with their own Apple ID and purchase their own ticket.
Student developers also have the ability to attend, but there are a few requirements. To apply, you must be a full or part-time student, 13 years of age or older, and a current member of one of Apple’s developer programs. You have to have created an app and submitted an application by May 2, 2013. The requirements are laid out here, and submissions start April 29th at 9am PT.
Each developer selected for a Student Scholarship will receive a WWDC ticket and Apple will hand out up to 150 of them.
If you are interested in attending the event, you can visit the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2013 website to buy your tickets tomorrow.