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Those not lucky enough to snag a ticket before they sold out this year can follow along each day with the WWDC app Apple just released. It’s also meant for attendees to navigate the event onsite.

WWDC 2013

With just a week to go before its annual Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off in San Francisco, Apple has released an iOS app that will allow attendees to more easily navigate the event, but perhaps more importantly, let those who were unable to snag tickets to watch video of developer sessions the day they occur.

This is the first time Apple has made video of the conference’s training sessions with Apple staff — which are rare and valuable interaction time for developers — available the same day. In years past, Apple has uploaded the videos weeks later to iTunes.

But this year the need for better access to these sessions was crystallized by what happened when WWDC 2013 tickets went on sale in April: all 5,000 tickets, which cost $1,600 apiece, were sold out within minutes. Apple then promised to make the daily videos available online right away.

The app, called WWDC, will also feature maps of the venue, schedules and a way to create a Passbook ticket for attending developers.

Anyone can download it for free, but access to the videos, as usual, will only be available to registered Apple developers.

  1. “Anyone can download it for free, but access to the videos, as usual, will only be available to registered Apple developers.” So… not free?

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    1. As I wrote: the app is free to download. That includes access to content like the schedules, maps, news, etc. If you happen to be a registered Apple developer then you will also be able to access the videos. If you are not, you won’t be able to.

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