updated 03:01 am EDT, Tue April 8, 2014
Random picks seen as preferable to instant sellouts
This year, those wishing to attend Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference don't just need to have $1,600 burning a hole in their pockets; they also need lady luck on their side. Due to last year's instant sellout of the conference, Apple has decided to move to a lottery system to help ensure that people from across different time zones have a chance of attending. Those selected in the lottery are being notified by email, and will have until April 14 to buy their ticket.
In addition to the 5,000 paid admissions, Apple is holding some 200 free passes for randomly-selected student scholarships drawn from its youngest registered developers. This year, two events from the four-day conference will be live-streamed on the WWDC web page: the "State of the Union" keynote, and the Apple Design Awards near the end of the event. Those receiving emails that reject their application to buy tickets can still watch the streams and view recorded videos of the sessions that should be posted shortly after they occur.
The WWDC is offering more than 100 hand-on technical sessions, and Apple says that over 1,000 engineers will be on hand to assist developers. In addition, there will be lunchtime sessions with guest speakers and what the company calls "a new series of get togethers focused on particular topics." The conference is also known for new announcements from the company, particularly in regards to forthcoming OS versions and new products that will require developer changes or input.