Countdown now ticking for Apple WWDC tickets

Countdown now ticking for Apple WWDC tickets

Summary: Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference is one of the few times in the year when Apple executives, programming teams, and third-party developers come together in person. With tickets expected to sell out in perhaps an hour, new ticket alert services are now online.


In 2011, tickets to the annual Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, California, sold out in 12 hours. Last year, it was down to two hours. There are only some 5,000 seats at the conference, and the demand is very, very high. And the rumors around the announcements that will be made are just starting to heat up.

Several recent blog posts point to availability services and monitoring applications. Adam Engst at TidBITS and developer Oliver Drobnik at Cocoanetics both expect WWDC Blast to do the job right. 

Drobnik writes:

All those options pale in comparison with the professionalism that can be had from WWDC Blast. Any kind of monitoring system's effectiveness depends on you noticing any alert notification. And this is their flaw. If you are on the wrong cost of the USA or some place else on our geoid that we call home, then email, push notifications, or SMS won't cut it.

What you really want is a friend who constantly refreshes the WWDC page and calls you the second there is action there. WWDC Blast is exactly that.

According to the WWDC Blast folks, their "proprietary technologies and engineered redundancy at every level of our stack ensure that when WWDC tickets go on sale, we'll be the first to know. And when we know, you'll know".

As I have mentioned before, Apple has three major hardware/software platforms on the market and is one of the biggest computing platform companies in the world, but only has one developer conference. Why is that?

Developers, enterprise, and government customers and education sites, as well as various market segments could use specific conferences. Or more than tracks at the current WWDC. That all the tickets for the conference are sold in a couple of hours isn't a good thing.

Topics: Apple, Software Development

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  • "Apple has three major hardware/software platforms"? Not really, since,

    what Apple has is iOS, which works on 3 "different size devices", those being the iPhone and iPad and iPod. The other platform that Apple does have is their PC, or Mac.

    The Mac is one where Apple is basically static, and their growth has been in the iOS "division". So, why have multiple conferences when what they still have in one big platform with 3 different size devices, and one PC platform. Perhaps 2 conferences is all they need? But, most people don't need a conference for Macs, since, even as they still sell "well", they are basically treated like a stepchild.
    • I think they need a bigger conference space. :)

      Apple should move the conference to a location which can handle a decent # of folks (20k+) like... ugh... vegas. But at least it would be an improvement on the current situation, since it's practically like winning a Golden Ticket or something.

      I "won" last year but got lucky - even though I signed up for a service such as the above, the devs didn't test the SMS system - it choked on thousands of users & I received an SMS 10 minutes *after* tix sold out which said something like "tickets are on're welcome!". Luckily I built my own system which watched the site (recommended) or just view the site at 8 and 9am every morning here on out - those are your best bets for tickets. I still think a semi-annual conference would be smart from a marketing and products perspective; it's a great dev conference.
      Drew Bollmann