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WWDC 2005

Registration kiosks at WWDC 2005, held at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Worldwide Developers Conference, formerly Apple Developers Conference,[1][2] 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",[3] the event is typically held in Northern California, near Apple's U.S. headquarters.[4] Apple also uses the venue to introduce new technologies and preview upcoming versions of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and related products.

Attendance

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.[5][6]

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,[7] including 350 scholarship recipients.[8]

Format

WWDC 2003 - Steve Jobs introduces OS X Panther and the Power Mac G5

WWDC 2003 - Steve Jobs introduces OS X Panther and the Power Mac G5

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.

Scope

Apple WWDC 2019 Tim Cook and new Mac Pro

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new 3rd generation Mac Pro at WWDC 2019.

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, WWDC was merged with another Apple trade show called QuickTime Expo. The number of QuickTime sessions was increased, and the Apple Design Awards were joined by Apple Design Awards for QuickTime Content. At the same time, more enterprise-oriented content was added, focusing on the Xserve and Mac OS X Server operating system.

History

# Event Date Location Note
AISDC 1983 Aug 08-11, 1983 Monterey, California [9]
Apple II Forever Apr 23-24, 1984 Moscone Center, San Francisco, California [10]
Apple World Conference 1986 Jan 15-17, 1986 Brooks Hall, San Francisco, California [11][12]
AppleWorld Conference 1987 March 2-4, 1987 Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California [13][14]
DevCon 1987 early April 1987 Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California [15]
DevCon Spring 1988 late April 1988 San Jose Civic, San Jose, California [16]
DevCon Summer 1988 August 1988 Boston, Massachusetts [17]
DevCon 1989 May 09-12, 1989 San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California [18]
1 WWDC 1990 May 07-11, 1990 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
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 [19]

Trivia

  • Siri pronounces WWDC as "dub-dub-dee-see".[20]
  • Starting with WWDC 2012, Apple changed the requirement of attendees being from 18 year old and older, to 13 years old and older.
  • WWDC 2020 will be the be the first to be hold solely in an online format without a live audience, due to the impact of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus.[21]

References

  1. Apple T-shirts: A Yearbook of History at Apple Computer by Gordon Thygeson, p.5. Pomo Publishing. 1997.
  2. Video Prototypes: Creating Visions and Usage Scenarios in Software Design by Kellogg, Bellamy, and Van Deusen, Handbook of Human-Computer Interaction p.975. Elsevier Science. 1997.
  3. WWDC19 🤖: Best Dub-Dub ever! by Abram Situmorang , hmiftech, Medium. 2019-06-24.
  4. Apple's Developers Conference: Best, Worst, and Weirdest Moments by Dan Tynan, Yahoo Tech. 2015-06-05. Archived 2015-08-19.
  5. WWDC18 Registration and Attendance Policy. Apple Developer. Apple (2018). Retrieved on June 10, 2018.
  6. Scholarships. Apple Developer. Apple (2018). Retrieved on June 10, 2018.
  7. Hern, Alex (June 4, 2018). WWDC 2018 keynote: Apple to stop Facebook tracking on iOS 12 – as it happened. The Guardian. Retrieved on June 10, 2018.
  8. Dilger, Daniel Eran. "This third-year WWDC scholarship winner built an ML model to recognize beer in one day", AppleInsider, June 6, 2018. Retrieved on June 10, 2018. 
  9. Apple’s Independent Software Developer's Conference by Don Norris, Apple Orchard p.10-11. 1983-10.
  10. ‘Apple II Forever’: Found photos offer early look at icons by Peter Hardlaub, San Francisco Chronicle. 2017-03-23. Archived 2017-03-23.
  11. Apple - The 1986 Apple World Conference, Computer History Museum. Accessed 2020-05-09.
  12. Events by Nancy Groth, InfoWorld. 1985-12-16.
  13. Apple debuts two "open" Macintoshes by Mary Petrosky, Network World. 1987-03-02.
  14. Tom Warrick. "AppleWorld '87—A Special Report: Part I", Washington Apple Pi, April 1987, p. 54. 
  15. Beyond the Blue Horizon by Robert R. Wiggins, MacUser, p.45. 1987-08.
  16. Atkinson shows CD ROM Hypercard by Laurie Flynn, InfoWorld, p.89. 1988-05-02.
  17. Apple-DEC alliance haze lifting by Patricia Keefe, ComputerWorld, p.7. 1988-08-15.
  18. System 7.0 Software Is Change for Better by Don Crabb, InfoWorld, p.S19. 1989-08-07.
  19. Apple reveals lineup for its biggest-ever Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple Inc. 2020-06-11.
  20. TIL Siri pronounces "WWDC" as "dub-dub-dee-see" and will fill in "WWDC" if you pronounce it as such by u/PM_ME_YOUR_MASS, Reddit. 2017-04-27.
  21. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 kicks off in June with an all-new online format, Apple Inc. 2020-03-13.

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