Tuesday, 19 April 2016 11:13

WWDC 2016 on 13-17 June: the day OS X becomes MacOS?

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Apple has set the dates for WWDC 2016, which from 13 to 17 June will see Apple’s developer community come together from around the world to learn Apple’s latest and greatest.

Getting tickets to Apple’s WWDC is a tough gig - they’re in high and heavy demand, and there’s no guarantee you’ll score tickets if you apply as they are issued via a random selection process.

However, developers who would love to go but can’t make the dates or miss out on a ticket needn’t worry, for the sessions will be streamed live and will be available on demand from Apple’s WWDC site here

Held in San Francisco, the conference is all about the future of Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS, with the odd one out being OS X and which is heavily rumoured to be renamed MacOS, if not macOS, although we will have to wait and see. 

Monday’s kickoff events (US time, set to be early on Tuesday morning for Australians) including the keynote address, will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The rest of the week’s conference sessions will take place at Moscone West.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing said: “With four innovative operating systems and a new, intuitive programming language powering over 1 billion devices worldwide, there has never been a more exciting time to bring our developer community together.

“WWDC 2016 is going to be a landmark event for developers who are coding in Swift, and building apps and products for iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. We can’t wait for everyone to join us — in San Francisco or through the live stream.”

Apple says that ‘developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website now through Friday, 22 April at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

As mentioned above, tickets will be issued to attendees through ‘a random selection process,’ and developers will be notified on the status of their application by Monday, 25 April at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

For the second consecutive year, Apple notes ‘there will be up to 350 WWDC Scholarships available, giving students and STEM organisation members from around the world an opportunity to earn a ticket to meet and collaborate with some of the most talented developers of Apple’s ever-growing app ecosystem.

Additionally, this year, Apple says it ‘will provide travel assistance to up to 125 scholarship recipients to ensure aspiring developers with financial limitations have an opportunity to participate.’

More below, please read on!

WWDC 2016 activities include:

  • Over 1,000 Apple engineers supporting more than 150 hands-on labs and events to provide developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS technologies in their apps;
  • Access to the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS, and best practices for enhancing an app’s functionality, performance, quality and design;
  • The opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS developers from around the world — last year, 80 percent of developers attended for their first time, and in total, more than 70 countries were represented;
  • A series of get-togethers for attendees focused on particular topics with special guest speakers and activities;
  • Engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with trailblazers and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and
  • The Apple Design Awards which recognise iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.

Worldwide Developers Conference sessions will be streamed live throughout the week via Apple’s WWDC website and through the WWDC app, giving developers around the world access to the week’s news and events.

You can visit Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2016 website to apply for a ticket, as well as for updates and more information.

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