Apple announces WWDC 2014 for June 2, tickets to be sold via lottery

As Microsoft holds its own BUILD developer conference this week, Apple is making plans for its own event for iOS and Mac OS X software creators. Today, the company announced that the 2014 edition of its Worldwide Developer Conference will be held on June 2-6 in San Francisco.

Apple will be handling ticket sales for WWDC a bit differently this year. Instead of just opening up sales at a pre-selected day and time, Apple is letting developers register on the site until April 7. The company will then hold a random lottery to pick people that will be given a chance to purchase a ticket for $1,599. This is most likely due to the fact that many developers never get a chance to buy a ticket since they tend to sell out quickly. In 2013, they sold out in less than two minutes.

Apple will possibly offer the first official information about iOS 8, the next version of its mobile OS for the iPhone and iPad, during WWDC 2014. Apple should also reveal the first details for the next version of Mac OS X for its desktops and notebooks. Apple's latest version, Mac OS 10.9, also known as Mavericks, was released in 2013 as a free update for the last few versions of OS X.

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"pick people that will be given a chance to purchase a ticket for $1,599"
Wow I'm so honored to pay that.

Let's see what they have in the face of Build, with unified apps, and .NET Native.

mastercoms said,
"pick people that will be given a chance to purchase a ticket for $1,599"
Wow I'm so honored to pay that.

Let's see what they have in the face of Build, with unified apps, and .NET Native.

I'm not expecting much this year, we have had the big iOS refresh it's going to be refinements to that, the big health apps, removal of game centre and better notification centre etc. I'm more looking forward to OSX, but again not expecting much i love OSX so i'm not particularly bothered with 100s of improvements, a lick of paint would be nice, hopefully they wont go too white, and an improved finder.

While the google i/o conference might be cheaper, $900 vs $1,599, it is by no means inexpensive. Both conferences are very expensive to go to.

And the cost to go to the MS build conference is $2095 per ticket.

They get free XboxOne + $500 MS store gift card.

#Michael said,
While the google i/o conference might be cheaper, $900 vs $1,599, it is by no means inexpensive. Both conferences are very expensive to go to.

And the cost to go to the MS build conference is $2095 per ticket.

mastercoms said,
"pick people that will be given a chance to purchase a ticket for $1,599"
Wow I'm so honored to pay that.

Seeing that they sell out very quickly, the price isn't such a hindrance. I mean, why would we want just anyone going to these conferences?

And google tends to give out some pretty good swag at the i/o conference also. But that still doesn't negate the cost of ticket for the conference. It is damn expensive to buy the ticket, travel there, and stay in town for it.

Uplift said,
I'm not expecting much this year, we have had the big iOS refresh it's going to be refinements to that, the big health apps, removal of game centre and better notification centre etc. I'm more looking forward to OSX, but again not expecting much i love OSX so i'm not particularly bothered with 100s of improvements, a lick of paint would be nice, hopefully they wont go too white, and an improved finder.

The move to free upgrades and yearly upgrades probably points to refinements that will deliver improvements for end users but I'd say most of the benefits will be under the hood for developers. When it comes to end user improvements I hope they remove the last vestiges of skeumorphism in the form of the Reminders and Photo Booth. I don't expect massive changes but it would be nice for more refinement and improvements to the developer tools which end up benefiting end users. For iOS - I'm pretty happy right now to be perfectly honest but then again I was happy with iOS 6.x so I guess I'm a easy to keep happy.

As for Windows Phone 8.1/Windows 8.1 - I wish they would finally deliver gapless playback because that is the one feature that is lacking from Windows Phone which makes me stay with iOS/iPhone. Honestly, I'm open minded about alternatives but when a basic feature like gapless playback still hasn't been delivered then it is a pretty sad state of affairs.

srprimeaux said,

Seeing that they sell out very quickly, the price isn't such a hindrance. I mean, why would we want just anyone going to these conferences?

It's just the wording of that sentence was funny to me

Oh, alright, that makes sense. My first idea when I read this was that you have to purchase a ticket to get into the lottery. :laugh: