Thursday, April 25, 2013

WWDC 2013 sells out in under two minutes

In the latest shot across the Android bow, Apple showed Google that 49 minutes to sell out a conference is just 47 minutes too long. On Thursday, Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference 2013 sold out in a mere two minutes.

It was actually startling, for those trying to get a ticket. After all, last year's WWDC took two hours to sell out. Of course, Apple surprised many last year, when tickets went on sale immediately after Apple announced the conference dates, at 5:30 a.m. PT. This time, the company gave potential attendees slightly more than a day's notice, announcing it at 5:30 a.m. April 24.

WWDC 2013 will be held June 10-14 at Moscone West Center.

In 2011, WWDC sold out in about 12 hours, while in 2010 it took eight days. No matter the amount of time, this is the sixth straight year that WWDC has sold out.

Key elements of this year's WWDC will be an unveiling of new versions of iOS (iOS 7) and Mac OS X. WWDC 2013 costs $1,599 and will be hosted in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.

Numbers, numbers, numbers. Earlier this year, Google, which will host its annual Google I/O conference from May 15 - 17, also in Moscone Center, had a sellout in 49 minutes. In 2012, it took only 20 minutes for Google I/O to sell out, which was a big surprise considering that it took 50 days for the 2010 version of the conference to sell out.

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