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2012 WWDC conference already scheduled?

updated 09:00 pm EDT, Wed June 15, 2011

'Corporate meeting' pencilled on the likely dates

One of the first things Steve Jobs said when he took the stage at this year's WWDC keynote was to apologize for the quick sell-out of WWDC tickets, leaving many who wanted to attend unable to get in. However, history seems set to repeat itself -- as it appears Apple has booked the Moscone Center again for the 2012 WWDC, and indeed may have booked the center annually for early June through 2015, MacRumors noted.

A discovery last year on the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau originally posted the tentative WWDC dates for the next few years, but the 2012 listing may have been confirmed by a note in the Moscone Center's own online calendar, which lists a generic "Corporate Meeting" listing during the exact same dates -- Sunday June 10th through Friday, June 15th -- with a keynote presumably taking place on Monday, June 11th.

Apple has a history of using "Corporate Event" or "Corporate Meeting" as placeholders for WWDC, though they are not the only company to do this. The dates for 2012 and beyond do fall into Apple's preferred range of mid-June, with the exception of the 2014 dates which are listed by the Visitor's Bureau as being on June 1st through 6th.

The dates are certainly subject to change, and if Apple can find a suitable larger venue it may choose to terminate the reservations made at the Moscone Center, which has hosted the WWDC for many years. Interest in developing for Apple's two platforms -- particularly iOS -- could also result in an eventual split, with perhaps a separate conference just for iOS developers in order to handle the escalating popularity. Until that or some other solution is found, expect next year's WWDC to sell out rapidly as well. [via MacRumors]






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  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Split

    A split really wouldn't shave off most. Most Mac OS X developers are iOS developers as well. They could have a smaller Mac centric one, but getting rid of the exclusive Mac developers from WWDC would be a drop in the bucket. I'm surprised they don't rent out a stadium or multiple buildings.

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Fair point, but

    a stadium really wouldn't be a very good place to hold a developer conference. They have to have someplace with a ton of configurable rooms, massive amounts of floor space, PLUS enough power and internet to handle such a nerd-fest. Oh, and it has to be in San Francisco, because the company doesn't want to travel far from home.

    If the latter wasn't true, I'd have suggested a "convention town" like Orlando where they have a convention centre that could easily accommodate their growth (no, I don't work for them -- used to live there).

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Space is not the reason.

    The problem is the more people they let in, the harder it is to meet with the Apple engineers which they have a limited number. The conference will lose the intimacy that it has today. Today, you can schedule time with Apple engineers, you can connect with other companies, and you can ask Q&A after the sessions.

    Double the size and it may be impossible - much of the value of attending WWDC (vs. just downloading and watching the videos of the session) will be lost.

    Adding more engineers is not the solution. Think of how much time off they have now - they have to organize and plan the sessions, write and rehearse each session, and deal with the aftermath of people contacting them after the show. I don't think Apple can afford to take more engineers way from their regular duties.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    well

    Maybe the 'solution' to the problem is to hold a couple of conferences. Do it over two weeks. Lose the stupid-assed keynote as part of the event (since it's just a big press gathering/product launch-fest), and that way the developers won't be whining about not getting in to see the keynote. Do the keynote the week before so people know what to expect, pump it out live from wherever on video if they dare.

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