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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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.

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!

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.

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

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...

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.

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

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

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