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Apple WWDC 2014: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Apple has announced the dates for their annual WWDC event. It is expected that Apple will debut new gadgets and operating systems at this event. Here’s what you need to know.


1. WWDC 2014 Runs From June 2-6

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Above, Apple’s Craig Federighi, Vice President of Software Engineering, introduces iOS7 at a keynote address during the 2013 Apple WWDC.

This year’s WWDC event will run from June 2-6. WWDC, which stands for Worldwide Developers Conference, will take place at Moscone West in San Francisco. According to Apple, the event will have 1,000 Apple engineers and 5,000 developers in attendance.


2. WWDC Attendees Must Score Tickets Through Lottery System

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Attendees at WWDC 2013 are pictured above.

In order to get tickets to attend WWDC, prospective attendees must register for a ticket lottery. Tickets will be randomly awarded. To get tickets, people must register with Apple prior to April 7 at 10:00 am PDT. Ticketholders will be announced later that same day.

To register for tickets, visit the Apple website. You need to be a current member of the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or Mac Developer Program. Tickets will cost $1,599.


3. iOS 8, OS X, MacBook Air Announcements Expected at WWDC

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An attendee checks out an Apple Mac Pro on display at WWDC 2013.

The Motley Fool reports that there is a small chance that Apple will debut a new MacBook air at WWDC this year. It is more likely that Apple will announce updates to Mac OS X and the debut of iOS 8 instead.

CNET reports that, in addition to likely updates for iOS and OS X, “Rumors have suggested changes including Mac apps coming to the iPhone and iTunes Radio being broken out as a separate app.”


4. WWDC 2014 Focusing on Women in Tech

TechCrunch reports that this year’s WWDC is making a concerted effort to include more female participants.

TechCrunch reports:

“For the first time, Apple is also partnering with the National Center for Women & Information Technology to help encourage more women to become coders and engineers via scholarships and other support programs.”


5. WWDC 2014 Has 100+ Sessions Planned

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Above, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address at the 2012 World Wide Developers Conference.

Apple states that over 100 tech sessions are planned for WWDC, each of which will be led by Apple engineers. The goal of WWDC is to help developers create the best apps and tools for Apple products.

However, WWDC isn’t without controversy. In the wake of last year’s WWDC, Cult of Mac ran a story called “8 Apps Apple Killed Today At WWDC,” which outlined various apps that Apple made obsolete at WWDC 2013. These “killed” apps included 1Password, Instapaper, and Auxo. It’s fair to assume that WWDC 2014 will see Apple create “official” versions of today’s popular third party apps.


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