updated 08:00 pm EDT, Mon March 28, 2011
Dates were just announced this morning
Seats for Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference have already sold out, less than ten hours hours after the page announcing the event went live. Registered Apple developers were eligible for the conference, which will run June 6-10 this year at Moscone West in San Francisco. Last year, the conference (capped at 5,200 attendees) sold out in eight days.
The WWDC will be taking place in Moscone West, one wing of the Moscone Center as usual. The west wing offers almost 100,000 square feet of first-floor exhibit space, and almost 300,000 square feet total when adding in the flexible space on levels two and three.
The announcement invites developers to "join us for a preview of the future of iOS and Mac OS X," feeding speculation on both Lion (OS X 10.7) and iOS 5, the latter of which may not appear until the fall. Last year's conference included very little few references to Mac OS X at all, being very iOS-focused.
The forthcoming iOS 5 has been described as a major revamp, while Lion (which is expected to be released this summer) will incorporate features from iOS into the Mac, such as "pages" of icon displays and full-screen apps.
The Mac emphasis also returns to the Apple Design Awards, which last year highlighted only iOS entries, but this year has a restriction sure to prove unpopular with some developers: entries can only come from apps that are or will be on the Mac or iOS app stores by the end of May. The conference will also feature five technology tracks, focusing on Application Frameworks; Graphics, Media and Games; Developer Tools; Internet and Web, and Core OS, referring to both iOS and Mac OS X.
Tickets for the event were priced at $1,599.