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WWDC 2017 Event: Everything We Know So Far (Updated)

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WWDC 2017 Updated: The dates of the much-awaited Worldwide Developer’s Conference aka WWDC 2017 have been announced. It will be held over five days, from June 5 to June 9. The venue is the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. People will look forward to announcements on products across the board. The updates on the iOS and the Mac OS systems are also eagerly anticipated. Unlike other years, however, which saw the WWDC being a San Franciso-based event, the new venue sees the annual event move closer to Apple’s home in Cupertino, California. In fact, Cupertino is located directly on the west of San Jose, right on the western edge of the Santa Clara Valley.

This is the 28th WWDC and the move to California is significant in one big manner: Apple is seemingly playing its cards very close to its chest. Besides, the McEnery Convention Center is located just a few minutes from Apple’s enormous new headquarters in Cupertino. Developers will get to meet and discuss the future of technology, Apple style, with more than 1,000 Apple engineers. Developers will be able to apply for entry tickets for the WWDC 2017 starting spring. Read on as we analyze how to get tickets, watch the event and what to expect at this year’s convention.

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, commonly abbreviated as WWDC, was first held 26 years ago. The conference has stayed true to its original theme of becoming a one-stop destination for programmers and users to showcase and peruse new technologies and software from the Cupertino-based tech giant. Essentially, the WWDC, like the name suggests, is a conference cum convention targeted specifically for software developers. Last held between June 14-17, 2016, all attendees are capped and the conference is usually sold out.

Developers and tech enthusiasts can participate in in situ development labs with Apple’ engineers besides engaging in panel discussions and various sessions on a wide gamut of topics. The Developers Conference had in 2015 boasted of hosting 5000 attendees, a number which rises by 200 if special attendees are accounted for. This is a two-fold increase in the number of attendees if one looks at data from 2007. Over a hundred sessions were held by Apple last year and the number will possibly increase this year at WWDC 2017. Attendees can also book appointments for one-on-one sessions if they wish to develop their skills in multifaceted fields like user interface design, app distribution or analytics and marketing.

WWDC 2017 Dates

The 2017 edition of the Worldwide Developers Conference aka WWDC 2017 will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, over a period of five days, from June 5 to June 9. The previous editions of the WWDC were held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and the three-level Moscone West exhibition hall. The latter venue is the largest convention and exhibition complex in the city of San Francisco. Incidentally, the Moscone West venue has also had the distinction of hosting another titanic tech event, Microsoft’s Build Conference. Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the keynote address.

WWDC 2017 Tickets: How Do You Get Your Hands On Them?

The tickets for the WWDC 2017 event will be available through Apple’s official developer’s website which can be accessed here. Applications usually begin in the last week of April as it did last year as well. Note that tickets will be generated randomly via a lottery. Each ticket will cost somewhere in the region of $1600 and gains you access to five days of intensive sessions and special invite-only events. You need to go through these steps to become eligible for a ticket.

  • You need to register as a member of the Apple Developer Program or the Apple Developer Enterprise Program as of April 18, 2017, by 10:00 a.m PDT or 6 PM GMT.
  • You must submit your registration form with detailed and accurate information
  • You should verify and ascertain all the payment credentials associated with your Apple ID or initiate a payment processing form with your credit or debit card information if the WWDC ticket or the Apple Online Store is not available or accessible in your country;
  • Finally, you must authorise Apple to automatically deduct the price of the ticket if you re-selected through the lottery.

Be advised that the random selection of the ticket may present certain payment transactions which will be taken care of by the company. Apple also reserves the right to assign a ticket to any other applicant.

How to Watch WWDC 2017 Live Stream

The easiest way to watch WWDC 2017 live streaming is to visit the Apple Events Section here. In case you have an Apple TV, you can stream the event live on the device as well. Note that the video feed will only work on the Safari and the Microsoft Edge web browsers. Operating systems like the OS X, the iOS and Windows 10 will be supported. To recap, there are three ways you can watch the entire event live, as listed below.

  • You can use the Safari web browser on the Mac or iOS to stream the event live.
  • Alternatively, you can use the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 10.
  • If you have a 4th generation Apple TV, use the  Apple Events app in the App Store.
  • Lastly, in case you have a 2nd or a 3rd generation Apple TV, You need not worry as the Apple Events channel will arrive automatically right before the event begins.

WWDC 2017: Here’s What To Expect

The 2017 edition of the WWDC will be huge and chances are that a very wide range of products and features will be launched. We expect the next generation Apple Watch 3 to launch at the event. We expect a rounded display on the Apple Watch 3 in line with the Moto 360 Android Wear device. A new and redesigned Micro-LED display will make the watch practical and stylish as well. This being the tenth year of the iPhone, we expect the iPhone SE2 to debut as well. This will be followed by the much-hyped iPhone 8 which might also end up being called the iPhone 7S. Expect a bezel-less, all-glass body on this stunner with the physical home button and the wired headphone jack being done away with. The iPad Air 3 or the new 9.7-inch iPad Air Pro will also be unveiled at the WWDC 2017 event.

The new Pro may have three size variants with a 9.7-inch, a 12.9-inch, and an all-new 10.5-inch variant. The tenth generation Apple TV will also be sneaked in. The MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro will also see upgraded versions launched this year. Expect a MacBook Pro with a 12-inch Retina display. Besides these, software and OS updates like the new iOS 11 with an improved Siri, the MacOS X and the WatchOS 4 are expected. Lastly, we also expect updated versions of the popular Apple Pay and the Apple Music services at WWDC 2017.

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