Apple announces the dates for the 2009 WWDC

As you may be aware, every year Apple holds a Worldwide Developers Conference, commonly known as the WWDC. This is a time when Apple usually makes big announcements regarding software, or, more recently, the iPhone and iPod touch. Well, the Cupertino based company has just unveiled the date for the WWDC this year: June 8 to June 12.

Last year, you may remember the iPhone 3G being released at the WWDC; that is part of the reason many have high hopes for a new iteration of Apple's iPhone this year. That, and the fact that the iPhone 3.0 software was recently announced. However, expect big things in terms of Mac OS X, as well. It's no secret that the upcoming Snow Leopard operating system is going to be released sometime this year, and WWDC seems like the perfect place to do it.

If you can't make it to the conference (and let's face it, we don't expect you to be able to) then be sure to follow Neowin throughout its entirety, as well as checking out Apple's page afterwards to catch a stream of the keynote.

For those interested in reading the official announcement, head over to the Apple Developer page.

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Now I am thinking, in such hard times, people can really afford to pay $1300-$1600 to go to conference? Seriously?

Isn't US $1295.00 a lot of money just to attend a conference?

Don't get me wrong it's going to be great to be there, I would love to be there to see the new iPhone 3.0 and receive first hand the new OS 3.0 for my iPhone 3G..

But imagine that you're a recent iPhone developer or MAC developer..
How many don't even have made that money in total sales..

Shouldn't at least people on Apple developer community get free tickets?

Smethead said,
No, because you can be a member of Apple Developer Community for free

What about developers who pay that year subscription of 99$?

Digitalfox said,
Isn't US $1295.00 a lot of money just to attend a conference?

No, it's pretty typical for a conference. SXSW was around $1,200 this year. HOW is going to run about $1,400.

Don't get me wrong it's going to be great to be there, I would love to be there to see the new iPhone 3.0 and receive first hand the new OS 3.0 for my iPhone 3G..

This isn't an event for apple fans to peek at new stuff: it's a training event. It's sort of like complaining that a biology course at University will run you $2,000 but you can't justify it because you only have a passing interest in cell structure.

But imagine that you're a recent iPhone developer or MAC developer..
How many don't even have made that money in total sales..

Then I wouldn't attend. This isn't intended for hobbyists—though they're welcome to go—it's intended for people making a living doing this sort of thing. It's an investment in your business, if what you're doing isn't worth $1,500 then don't go: you're not going to get anything out of it and you're taking up a spot that could be filled by somebody that would.

$1,500 is less a roughly a weeks pay for a professional programmer (somebody working 9-5 writing code). If attending this conference saves you 10 minutes a day by not screwing around reading documentation or trial and error experimentation then it pays for itself in productivity gains.

Further, 1 on 1 developer Q&A sessions for most products will run upwards of $200 an hour. This event gets you access to the people responsible for Mac OS X and iPhone APIs. That sort of attention is orders of magnitude more effective at problem solving, the total conference price could be worth it if you solve one bug or performance problem in your time there.

I think there will definately be something iPhone related announced as the invitation e-mail has a big picture of an iPhone at the top. Last year it was the two connecting bridges.

I'm hoping for an updated iPod Touch... I'm regretting selling my first-gen touch last year. Now I'm holding out for June to get the 2nd-gen, or 3rd-gen if a new one is announced.

dbam987 said,
I'm hoping for an updated iPod Touch... I'm regretting selling my first-gen touch last year. Now I'm holding out for June to get the 2nd-gen, or 3rd-gen if a new one is announced.

I'd say that if they do update the iPod touch, it'll be around September, as they tend to stick with product timelines.

Sam Symons Live said,
I'd say that if they do update the iPod touch, it'll be around September, as they tend to stick with product timelines.


In that case I might as well get the touch now. September is a long ways off.

dbam987 said,
In that case I might as well get the touch now. September is a long ways off.

That'd probably be the best idea. I'm not sure if they even will release an updated version this year; honest question, what more else could they physically add to it?

Wait until the third gen iPhone is announced, because they might announce features that require new hardware for the iPod touch. Just to be safe.

I'm hoping they add GPS to the iPod touch.

Sam Symons Live said,
That'd probably be the best idea. I'm not sure if they even will release an updated version this year; honest question, what more else could they physically add to it?

How about better battery life?

techbeck said,
How about better battery life?

That's true; although my iPod touch 2G already has a pretty darn good battery life as it is. Although, if they can improve it, then bring it on!