Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Apple announces WWDC 2013 date: June 10-14, with ticket sales beginning Thursday

The question of "when will Apple run its Worldwide Developers Conference this year?" was answered early on Wednesday morning. Apple's WWDC 2013 will be held from June 10-14 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The all-important information about ticket sales is that tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, April 25. Just as with Google's Google I/O conference, which is being held from May 15-17, tickets sell out fast, so those wanting to go should be prepared to hammer the website hard.

Last year, on April 25, tickets to WWDC 2012 sold out in just two hours. Google and Apple continue spar for mobile market share, so sell-out times are a form of flag-waving between the two. In 2012, Google I/O sold out in 28 minutes; this year, Google I/O took 49 minutes to sell out, with the increased time attributed to server hiccups.

In a press release, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said:
We look forward to gathering at WWDC 2013 with the incredible community of iOS and OS X developers. 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.
Tickets cost $1,599. Each person can only buy one ticket; each organization can only purchase five, total.

Apple announced the following WWDC 2013 activities:

  • 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.

Apple is expected to discuss iOS 7 at WWDC 2013.  In the past, the company has also unveiled new iPhones, but that's questionable this year, with some analysts saying the new iPhone won't release until August or September.

Those iPhones that were announced at WWDC -- in the past -- usually shipped in the June / July timeframe.

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