Worldwide Developers Conference 2012: Apple Announces Dates, Tickets Sell Out

Apple has finally announced the dates for its huge summer event, the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

This year's event will be held on June 11 at San Francisco’s Moscone West and will run through June 15. Photo: Apple Inc.

As a press release from Apple claims, the event will be devoted to Mac and mobile software and will provide developers with the possibility to attend lectures and workshops hosted by Apple engineers, in addition to other activities.

“Developers will be able to explore the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X Mountain Lion and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance, quality and design of their apps,” the company says in its press release.

“Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying development techniques and best-practices to enhance their apps.”

“We have a great WWDC planned this year and can’t wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.”

As for the tickets, less than two hours after going on sale, passes for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference have already sold out. The quick sellout comes even as Apple imposed new restrictions this year limiting ticket sales to registered iOS and Mac developers and limiting the number of passes available per developer group, says Mac Rumours.

To enter WWDC as a developer costs $1,599, flights and accommodations are not included, but judging by previous years interest, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the tickets sell out in mere hours. Apple hiked the ticket price in 2010 after witnessing tremendous interest and sold out very quickly. Ticket sales are limited to one per person and five per organization.

Last year, Apple debuted iOS 5, OS X Lion and iCloud at WWDC 2011, so some experts predict that we’ll get our first glimpses of iOS 6 on June 11 and perhaps a new look at (and possibly a release date for) the recently announced OS X Mountain Lion.

Some rumors suggest that Apple may even launch new MacBook Pros at WWDC 2012, The Huff Post writes. However, don’t expect to see the iPhone 5. According to reports, the next iPhone won’t show itself until the fall.

On April 3, Japanese Apple-watcher website reported that during a conversation on TV Tokyo’s “World Business Satellite” (WBS) show, a Foxconn recruiter revealed that the company was hiring about 18,000 people to manufacture the iPhone 5, which is due to be released in June.

South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper asked the head of human resources at Foxconn’s Taiyuan factory about the iPhone 5 release date. “We just got the order. It [the release] will be around October,” reported Kokatu.

Another report also claimed that the order for the next iPhone “has led Foxconn to begin a massive recruitment drive to ensure that enough hands are on deck in order to meet Apple’s release schedule” in October.

Unfortunately, there is no official word on when the upcoming iteration of the Apple iPhone is finally arriving, but chances of a fall launch look stronger than that of a summer launch.

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