Apple confirms dates of ‘week we've all been waiting for'

A day after announcing another quarter of sensational financial performance, Apple has announced the dates for its Worldwide Developer Conference, where some of the company’s next big things will be revealed. Kicking off on June 11 in San Francisco, Apple refers to the five-day event as ‘the week we’ve all been waiting for’.

WWDC is Apple’s annual event for iOS and OS X developers to get together with Apple’s own hardware and software development teams. WWDC 2012 will feature over a hundred sessions with its engineers, covering any number of topics, from development essentials for Apple platforms, through to detailed seminars on graphics, games, media, app services and more.

Tickets costing $1,599 were on sale via Apple’s WWDC 2012 site, but sold out less than two hours after the dates were announced. But if you weren't lucky enough to get a ticket, don't panic - Apple has promised to make some videos available online shortly after the conference ends, and you'll of course be able to follow coverage of the most important announcements from WWDC right here on Neowin.

The week will kick off with the all-important first keynote address. At WWDC 2010, Steve Jobs announced the iPhone 4, the renaming of iPhone OS to iOS, and the launch of FaceTime for the iPhone; last year, we saw the announcement of Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud.

But what’s in store for WWDC 2012’s keynote? Apple is, predictably, not revealing anything at this stage – and the unusually styled Apple logo (above) in the WWDC press materials raises more questions than it answers. There are a few possibilities for what might be announced, although some are certainly less likely than others:

  • iOS 6 preview
  • Launch date and pricing for OS X Mountain Lion (so far, we only know it’s coming ‘this summer’)
  • Next iPhone (a slim chance, but perhaps more likely to be announced around October, like the iPhone 4S)
  • New MacBook Pro and MacBook Air hardware (possible, but not entirely likely)
  • iPad mini’ (don’t bet on it)

Have we missed anything? Is there anything you’re particularly looking forward to hearing about at WWDC 2012? Is it the week that you’ve been waiting for? And can you spot any hidden clues as to what we might expect in the logo above? Let us know your thoughts below.

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nothing to see here, move along. Maybe they will come out with a phone that carriers can actually make money on rather than posting loses all the time and call it the iphone 4e

You forgot about iMac's - they've been waiting for Sandy Bridge and now that's out they have got to be just around the corner. Would be perfect to show off Mountain Lion on as well.

And iOS6 will almost definitely be demo'd

I'm hoping the iPhone 5 is released but it's very unlikely

DomZ said,
You forgot about iMac's - they've been waiting for Sandy Bridge and now that's out they have got to be just around the corner. Would be perfect to show off Mountain Lion on as well.

And iOS6 will almost definitely be demo'd

I'm hoping the iPhone 5 is released but it's very unlikely

Ivy bridge ;D

It's almost pointless posting in Apple posts on Neowin because it gets lost in complete and utter bull****, stopping anyone who may actually be interested in it from engaging in a discussion about the topic.

Most of the posters obviously aren't Apple fans, so why even post? Get a life, go outside, you don't need your pathetic little mark on every post on here.

Uplift said,
It's almost pointless posting in Apple posts on Neowin because it gets lost in complete and utter bull****, stopping anyone who may actually be interested in it from engaging in a discussion about the topic.

Most of the posters obviously aren't Apple fans, so why even post? Get a life, go outside, you don't need your pathetic little mark on every post on here.


Let us know when you are done policing up all the Android/Windows posts of all the Apple-zealots. Fair?

ir0nw0lf said,

Let us know when you are done policing up all the Android/Windows posts of all the Apple-zealots. Fair?

It's not half as bad, not even close.. i know Apple has a reputation and their marketing is made a joke of but this is not needed in every single post. it's getting beyond a joke. I've been following Windows stuff lately and not come across any of this in the comments... but as soon as it's Apple everyone feels the need to get their 2 cents in.

ir0nw0lf said,

Let us know when you are done policing up all the Android/Windows posts of all the Apple-zealots. Fair?

You're categorizing people, there are also people who like Apple, who also like Android and Windows.

The week we've all been waiting for, really? Errm, no. I certainly haven't been waiting for it at all,
and I'm sure millions of other people have not been waiting for that particular week either.

DJGM said,
The week we've all been waiting for, really? Errm, no. I certainly haven't been waiting for it at all,
and I'm sure millions of other people have not been waiting for that particular week either.

I am, that's when I get a new promotion! )

DJGM said,
The week we've all been waiting for, really? Errm, no. I certainly haven't been waiting for it at all,
and I'm sure millions of other people have not been waiting for that particular week either.

Wellllll....seeing how it's geared towards Apple developers and not you...

I am so waiting to buy a new system, but have been waiting for the new lines to be released. New 30" Thunderbolt hopefully.

iPhone 5 ?
iPad mini?
New Thinnest ultrabook , the new AirBook ?
New iOS which bests over Android/WP7 and smokes it?
New OSX with Notifications and iMessage ?
What are we waiting for ?

First look at iOS 6.
Wrap up of OSX 10.8 development, probably to be released in June or July.

And that's probably about it.

The week we have all been waiting for, i dont know about you guys, but im not waiting for a apple convnetion my whole life, better stuff that needs to be done!

Gosh sold out in 2 hours.. I imagine there are a lot of disappointed developers who were asleep during this. Apple would do good to book a bigger venue.. like a concert arena ?? lol

Vice said,
Gosh sold out in 2 hours.. I imagine there are a lot of disappointed developers who were asleep during this. Apple would do good to book a bigger venue.. like a concert arena ?? lol

Its all part of the marketing, its not really sold out but they put on so limited seats that they can tell the media "omgz we sold out, we popular"

sam232 said,

Its all part of the marketing, its not really sold out but they put on so limited seats that they can tell the media "omgz we sold out, we popular"

OMG that's it! And when I went to WWDC 2011, which was "sold out" too, the building was filled to capacity. Obviously Apple hired people to fill up the building and make it standing room only in many of the sessions just to look popular!

*Facepalm*

iKenndac said,

OMG that's it! And when I went to WWDC 2011, which was "sold out" too, the building was filled to capacity. Obviously Apple hired people to fill up the building and make it standing room only in many of the sessions just to look popular!

*Facepalm*

lol you actually admitted you went to a WWDC??? And you are trying to champion yourself as being a rational person???? AHAHAHAHA @ YOU !!!!

sam232 said,

lol you actually admitted you went to a WWDC??? And you are trying to champion yourself as being a rational person???? AHAHAHAHA @ YOU !!!!

Is this blatant trolling necessary? Look at yourself you're practically foaming at the mouth that someone went to an event. Kinda pathetic.

sam232 said,

Its all part of the marketing, its not really sold out but they put on so limited seats that they can tell the media "omgz we sold out, we popular"

Yeah! That way they can take less money and train fewer developers! Sounds like a great conspiracy to me.

I wish they'd announce the new iPhone in June like usual. Not a fan of the October release.
But can't wait to try out iOS6b1 which likely will get released after the presentation.

Better not say ANYTHING negative about Apple boys and girls otherwise iSecurity (lol) is gonna bar you from entering the WWDC!!!!!!!!

jbrooksuk said,
I like how the logo is made of the shape rounded-corner squares that app icons have...

Yup, that was what I was going to say, so if it is app related, my guess it would be around iOS6

To stand out from other companies conferences where you often receive a new product as a gift, Apple will instead take any apple product that you own and send you on your way.
But you will thank them for it

I want to see new MacBook Pro! I want to buy a MacBook Pro but guys over at a forum asked to wait for the new one! Come on~!

Likely only iOS 6 and possibly Mountain Lion. They showed off iOS 6 last year at WWDC, so that's a pretty much given we'll see iOS 6. Either that, or we'll see something along the lines of iOS 5.5, since iOS 5 hasn't had many updates as of yet.

Does this mean they're going to release features that they haven't blatently copied from other OS's? *cough iOS5.

(Snipped out a quote of a removed comment - Calum)

Tom said,
Does this mean they're going to release features that they haven't blatently copied from other OS's? *cough iOS5.

I've got a handy list of the things iOS has stolen...
First we have err Music playing! Yes, african drummers beat apple by a few milleniums - LOL!
Then we have 'friends' and 'contacts' well yes the data protection act preceeds that so it's beaten.
Ah, but what about Images! Well, x-rays have been around for a few centurys so not that...
And lastly, it must be, connectivity to a PC! But oh, no! Psion beat apple to THAT as well!
Awh dang

Edited by Calum, Apr 25 2012, 4:12pm :

Tom said,
Does this mean they're going to release features that they haven't blatently copied from other OS's? *cough iOS5.

They didn't copy Siri from other operating systems, and they did release a few other unique features (even if those weren't major). If they hadn't made their operating system competitive (i.e. implemented similar features to the competition), they would have been stupid.

Calum said,

They didn't copy Siri from other operating systems, and they did release a few other unique features (even if those weren't major). If they hadn't made their operating system competitive (i.e. implemented similar features to the competition), they would have been stupid.

Siri... lol. Basically just another voice to text service but with scripted crap that they use for marketing.