Worldwide Developers Conference, formerly Apple Developers Conference, is an annual conference hosted by Apple Inc. for hardware and software developers of its products. Commonly abbreviated to WWDC and sometimes colloquially referred to as "Dub-Dub", the event is held in Northern California, near Apple's U.S. headquarters. Apple also uses the venue to introduce new technologies and preview upcoming versions of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and related products.
A $1,599 ticket is required to enter the conference. Tickets are obtained through an online lottery. Scholarships are available for students and members of STEM organizations. Attendees must be 13 years or older and must be a member of an Apple Developer program.
Until 2007, the number of attendees varied between 2,000 and 4,200; however, during WWDC 2007, Steve Jobs noted that there were more than 5,000 attendees. The WWDC events held from 2008 to 2015 were capped, and sold out at 5,000 attendees (5,200 including special attendees). WWDC 2018 had 6,000 attendees from 77 countries, including 350 scholarship recipients.
The conference is typically opened with a keynote. From 1998 to 2011, the keynote was presented by then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs. After Jobs passed away in 2011, current Apple CEO Tim Cook began to take Jobs' place of introducing the conference.
All attendees have to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that covers the sessions and other material handed out at WWDC. In the past, the keynote was also covered by the NDA, but Apple is now webcasting the keynote address to an audience much wider than just developers.
WWDC originally was not a place for hardware announcements, but Apple deviated from that principle in 2002 when it announced the rack mounted server Xserve, and in 2003, with the consumer-oriented iSight.
In 2003 and 2004, the number of QuickTime sessions was increased, and the Apple Design Awards recognized exemplary QuickTime content. At the same time, more enterprise-oriented content was added, focusing on the Xserve and Mac OS X Server operating system.
|AISDC 1983||Aug 08-11, 1983||Monterey, California|||
|Apple II Forever||Apr 23-24, 1984||Moscone Center, San Francisco, California|||
|Apple World Conference 1986||Jan 15-17, 1986||Brooks Hall, San Francisco, California|||
|AppleWorld Conference 1987||March 2-4, 1987||Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California|||
|DevCon 1987||early April 1987||Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California|||
|DevCon Spring 1988||late April 1988||San Jose Civic, San Jose, California|||
|DevCon Summer 1988||August 1988||Boston, Massachusetts|||
|DevCon 1989||May 09-12, 1989||San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
|1||WWDC 1990||May 07-11, 1990|
|2||WWDC 1991||May 13-17, 1991|
|3||WWDC 1992||May 11-15, 1992|
|4||WWDC 1993||May 10-14, 1993|
|5||WWDC 1994||May 15-20, 1994|
|6||WWDC 1995||May 08-12, 1995|
|7||WWDC 1996||May 13-17, 1996|
|8||WWDC 1997||May 13-16, 1997|
|9||WWDC 1998||May 11-15, 1998|
|10||WWDC 1999||May 10-14, 1999|
|11||WWDC 2000||May 15-19, 2000|
|12||WWDC 2001||May 21-25, 2001|
|13||WWDC 2002||May 06-10, 2002|
|14||WWDC 2003||Jun 23-27, 2003||Moscone Center West
San Francisco, California
|15||WWDC 2004||Jun 28-Jul 2, 2004|
|16||WWDC 2005||Jun 06-10, 2005|
|17||WWDC 2006||Aug 07-11, 2006|
|18||WWDC 2007||Jun 11-15, 2007|
|19||WWDC 2008||Jun 09-13, 2008|
|20||WWDC 2009||Jun 08-12, 2009|
|21||WWDC 2010||Jun 07-11, 2010|
|22||WWDC 2011||Jun 06-10, 2011|
|23||WWDC 2012||Jun 11-15, 2012|
|24||WWDC 2013||Jun 10-14, 2013|
|25||WWDC 2014||Jun 02-06, 2014|
|26||WWDC 2015||Jun 08-12, 2015|
|27||WWDC 2016||Jun 13-17, 2016||Moscone Center West / Bill Graham Civic Auditorium|
|28||WWDC 2017||Jun 05-09, 2017||San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
|29||WWDC 2018||Jun 04-08, 2018|
|30||WWDC 2019||Jun 03-07, 2019|
|31||WWDC 2020||Jun 22-26, 2020||Held online through
Apple Developer website and app
|32||WWDC 2021||Jun 07-11, 2021|||
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- WWDC 2020 was the be the first to be hold solely in an online format without a live audience, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus.
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