Apple Inc.’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off June 8 and continues through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, where the company is likely to provide a first look at the next versions of iOS, OS X and perhaps some new products as well. But to attend, developers will need a bit of luck.
Like previous years, the opportunity to purchase tickets to WWDC will be offered through a random lottery process. To participate, developers have to register on Apple’s website by 12 p.m. EDT on Friday. And only those who have been a member of Apple’s developer community since before the announcement on Tuesday can participate. Those who have been selected will be notified at 8 p.m. EDT on April 2. And, if selected, developers will be automatically charged $1,599 to the credit card associated with their Apple ID.
If the price tag is too high, there is one other way to get a ticket. For students and members and alumni of select STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) organizations, Apple is also offering up to 350 scholarships to WWDC. Developers who aren’t as lucky can still participate through Apple’s website, where select sessions will be livestreamed and where videos and documentation will be posted.
As for what to expect, Apple has kept much of the specifics under wraps for WWDC. But historically, the company has used the conference as a launchpad for new versions of iOS and OS X, as well as one or two new products. The company could give developers their first look at an entirely new streaming-TV service and perhaps a revamped Apple TV, expected to launch in September, according to the Wall Street Journal.