WWDC Tickets Sell Out In 2 Hours
[tab name=’News’]Apple announced the dates for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference today, but the announcement has left many devs angry as the tickets sold out in 2 hours and has left many ticketless.
In 2010 it took 8 days for the tickets to sell out, last year it was 12 hours, but this year the expensive tickets were snapped up in just two hours.
Frustrated west-coast developers were unaware of what time the tickets were going on sale as Apple keeps that secret right up until the announcement.
This year’s ticket went on sale at 5.40 am pacific time when most developers in Silicon Valley would have been asleep and none the wiser.
There are only 5,000 tickets for the 5-day event and it’s always a sell out, but developers are feeling alienated as the tickets were put on sale at time when they were asleep. Alienated devs have since taken to twitter and facebook to express their distaste at the whole fiasco.
It’s thought that Apple might have actually planned the ticketing fiasco on purpose to try and get more people from outside the west coast to attend, but in the process have upset quite a few people.
WWDC provides developers with the rare opportunity to speak one-on-one with Apple engineers. It’s an invaluable venue for talking through problems, and addressing software bugs that might otherwise never be fixed.
Unfortunately those who have missed out will be unable to rely on the black-market as the tickets aren’t transferable – so devs who missed out won’t be able to rely on Ebay or Craiglist.
It’s unclear what Apple might release at this year’s WWDC, but last year Steve Jobs unveiled iOS 5, iCloud and OS X Lion.
Despite rumours to the contrary it’s very unlikely Apple will release the iPhone 5 this summer, especially not at WWDC. With this week’s quarterly results showing astronomical growth in iPhone sales, we’d be very surprised if they were to release the new handset within the next three months.