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Apple Announces WWDC Dates

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference will take place June 2-6 at San Francisco's Moscone West. Here's what to expect.
Posted at 3:02 PM, Apr 03, 2014

​​Apple has revealed the dates for its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference.

WWDC will be held at Moscone West in San Francisco from June 2 through the 6. (Via Flickr / Mark H. Anbinder)

The company will debut plans for the next iteration of its mobile operating system, which will likely be called iOS 8, and its desktop operating system, OS X. (Via Apple)

We’ve already seen and heard plenty of rumors about iOS 8 — from the rumored Healthbook app, which will allegedly feature tons of health tracking options, to OS X’s TextEdit and Preview making their debut on iDevices. (Via 9to5Mac, GigaOM, The Verge, BGR)

On the other hand, we haven’t heard a whole lot about the next version of OS X.

Several sources claim it’ll take on some of the flatness and minimalistic visuals of iOS, but not much more is known. (Via Apple)

Developers looking to get their hands on a ticket can visit Apple’s WWDC page. The tickets cost nearly $1,600, and Apple says it’s doing things a bit differently this year — tickets will be assigned randomly.

You simply sign up now through the April 7 10 a.m. deadline. Apple will let you know if you’ve made the cut at 5 p.m. on that day. But why is the tech company doing this?

A writer for TechCrunch explains it’s a good idea because high demand and server issues in the past kept users from being able to sign up. "Random selection should help alleviate some hurt feelings, and seems much more fair overall."

Don’t worry though — if you can’t attend, Apple plans to livestream its State of the Union address and the annual Apple Design Awards. (Via Apple)

The company will also post videos from the technical sessions, as it has in years past. (Via Apple)