Apple has just released the official announcement for its 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference. Every year, it releases tickets for the developer-focused event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and every year, they sell out faster than the year before. Last year, on April 25,they sold out in just two hours, so if you want some, don’t hesitate when they come out today, because they’ll be gone fast.
The tickets go on sale at 10 AM PT (10 30PM IST) on Thursday, April 25 according to Apple’s official release. Sessions at the annual event include in-person presentations by and access to over 1,000 Apple engineers, including both iOS and Mac OS X developers. The event takes pace at San Francisco’s Moscone West convention center.
“We look forward to gathering at WWDC 2013 with the incredible community of iOS and OS X developers,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a statement. “We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.”
This year, Apple has announced dates and a ticket sale start time ahead of when they actually become available. That hasn’t been the case in the past, and it’s possible that they’re trying to make sure developers don’t feel caught off guard when sales open, given how fast access to the event is likely to sell out. Tickets normally go on sale early in the morning, making it difficult for those in some time zones to be in a position to react fast once the tickets are actually released.
We are guessing we will see previews of upcoming versions of OS X (possibly 10.9) and iOS (maybe iOS 7) at these events at the very least, as Apple states in its press release that developers “will learn about the future of iOS and OS X.” In the past, Apple has also debuted new hardware at previous WWDC events, though Apple CEO Tim Cook’s statements two days back might just hamper any such expectations for this year.
For Apple, the conference comes in the middle of a long lull between new product announcements. Apple hasn’t held a major product event in more than six months, since it unveiled the iPad Mini and new Macs in late October. During Apple’s earnings call on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook hinted that Apple would not release any new products until this fall, suggesting that whatever comes out of WWDC will be strictly software focused.
That said, Apple has made significant hardware announcements at previous WWDC events, including unveiling its first laptop with Retina Display at last year’s event.