The annual developers conference runs through June 2-6 in San Francisco and an estimated 5,000 attendees are expected to show up.
Apple has confirmed the dates for its annual developer convention, the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). WWDC usually plays host to a variety of big announcements on its first day. Last year that big announcement was iOS 7, and this year Apple is expected to announce a follow-up.
This year, all eyes are on Apple as it is expected to unveil iOS 8. Rumor has it that the next major iOS update will focus on simplicity and improving existing features. It may also serve as the starting point for Apple’s mobile health and fitness tracking ambitions. iOS 8 is expected to have quite a few features which would help users keep an eye on vital health and fitness related data. It may even come with support for future fitness focused devices like the much rumored iWatch. Alongside iOS 8, Apple may also talk about its latest advances in OS X. Not much has been rumored about what is to be expected from OS X Mavericks’ successor, so one can only wait and see what Apple has to share.
Previously Apple used to sell all tickets online at once, they usually sold out in under an hour, which meant that many developers who missed the window didn’t get a chance to visit. Plus people would buy tickets and later sell them online for a profit. Apple clamps down on that this year, as it has adopted a lottery system. The system will automatically choose developers randomly from a pool of registered applicants. Those who apply for a ticket will know the status by April 7. Apple will also give 200 students scholarships, enabling them to attend WWDC 2014 for free.
To register for the lottery, a membership of either the iOS Developer Program, Mac Developer Program or iOS Developer Enterprise Program is required. To stop last-minute signups from hoarding tickets, Apple requires that developers be a member of paid programs prior to today’s announcement.