It’s on, people! Apple announced today details about its 2012 Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC). The big summer shindig will run June 11 through 15, and be held the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. According to the press release, this year’s WWDC will focus on “the future of iOS and OS X.” In other words: Expect to see iOS 6 sometime around the middle of June.
As its name suggests, WWDC is all about app developers. Apple is holding “more than 100 technical sessions,” where developers can “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 full range of activities at WWDC 2012 will include:
- more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies;
- 100 hands-on labs staffed by more than 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and OS X technologies in their apps;
- the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS and OS X developers from around the world—last year more than 60 countries were represented;
- engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and
- Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.
Such development awesomeness comes at a high cost: Tickets for WWDC 2012 will run $1,599 a pop — and that’s before you factor in flights, food, and lodging. Despite the serious chunk of change WWDC demands, there’s a good chance that the conference will already be sold out by the time you read this article. Apple actually raised the price of admission in 2010 after tickets sold out in just a matter of minutes.
Update: As expected, WWDC 2012 is already sold out.
If you’re interested in attending, visit the WWDC 2012 website here. And if you cannot attend, but still want to get the benefits of learning from Apple engineers, the company will post videos of all the technical sessions here.