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Apple now offering unclaimed WWDC tickets to developers

updated 09:02 pm EDT, Fri April 18, 2014

Second lottery for chance to attend June 2-6 conference in San Francisco

Following the lapse of the deadline for Worldwide Developers Conference ticket lottery winners to pay for their entry, Apple has begun emailing other developers with a chance to purchase unclaimed tickets. The emails are likely also determined by lottery, though the company hasn't said. Reserved slots from the original lottery were held until April 14 at 5pm Pacific time, and it is thought that most of the lottery winners accepted the invitation to attend, which costs $1,600.

Because of space limitations at Apple's preferred venue (Moscone West in San Francisco), there were 5,000 paid admissions up for grabs in the lottery. Apple is also giving away 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 for public viewing: the "State of the Union" keynote, and the Apple Design Awards near the end of the event.

The lottery system was instituted this year after tickets sold out within two minutes during the brief availability period in 2013. Developers that do not get an invitation even in this "second round" of invites will still be able to watch the streams and view recorded videos of the sessions that should be posted shortly after they occur to Apple's developer channels.

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, AppleInsider reports. This year, it is expected that developers will get their first look at the forthcoming iOS 8 and perhaps a sneak peek at OS X 10.10, both of which are expected to debut later this year as part of Apple's effort to offer yearly updates.

by MacNN Staff




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