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]