WWDC 2011 Sells Out in Less Than One Day


Tickets for Apple’s (s aapl) 2011 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) are already sold out, according to Apple’s website detailing the event. Apple just updated the site, replacing the link to buy tickets (which cost $1500) with a “Sold Out” graphic. Tickets were on sale for only about 11 to 12 hours. By comparison, WWDC 2010 took eight days to sell out entirely.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Apple’s developer-focused event has sold out, and the fastest sell-out on record. Clearly, the introduction and widespread adoption of iOS has had a significantly positive effect on interest in the conference, which offers training sessions, face time with Apple engineers, and previews of software features to come. If anyone needed further proof that iOS continues to be popular among developers, you couldn’t ask for a clearer sign than this.

Apple also typically unveils a new iPhone at WWDC, but there’s some question as to whether it will continue that tradition this year. Apple will definitely be showing off its next-generation version of Mac OS X, version 10.7 (also known as Lion), so that may account for some of the additional anticipation around the event. Did you get your tickets while they were available, and if not, are you disappointed they went so quickly?



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It’s good to hear that there is so much developer interest in iOS despite the iHaters saying that iOS will fail because it being a closed platform and that Apple has such tight controls in place. There are always claims that most developers will be leaving iOS for Android because they can do anything they want on that platform and Google will just look the other way. I believe most developers will stay with iOS because that’s where the money is. iOS seems to be a very unified platform with strict hardware control. How could developers not like that.

Analysts and tech pundits keep pimping the Android platform because of its rapid growth, but it seems to me that it’s a very poor financial model for everyone that uses it. It’s convenient and free, but that’s about it. With Apple having such tight control over hardware and software, iOS as a platform should make for more stable devices and developers would have less worry over countless variations of both hardware and software that Android has. I believe iOS will be around and strong for at least a few more years.


I suspect that the bigger attraction is OS10.7 which has new features for developers enabling one App to be usable on iPhone, iPad and the Mac. that may well be a bonanza fo developers.

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