It’s official: Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off in San Jose, California on June 4, the company announced today.
The event, which will take place at the McEnery Convention Center, will last from June 4 through June 8.
WWDC is a conference that lets thousands of developers from across the globe congregate, network and attend hands-on sessions, guest speeches, and app labs. But, of course, WWDC is most notable to the public because it’s one of two major events where Apple unveils new products and developments.
In order to purchase a ticket to WWDC, developers must have signed up to be a member of the Apple Developer Program or Apple Developer Enterprise Program as of this morning, March 13. Developers can now register for tickets through 10 a.m. on March 22.
The tickets, which sell for $1,599, will be issued to purchasers via random selection — something the company has taken to doing due to the popularity of the event. Developers who are picked via the ticket lottery system will be notified by 5 p.m. on March 23.
Those who aren’t picked could potentially attend alternative events, such as AltConf — which was also announced on Monday and is free to attend. As always, developers who aren’t chosen and consumers will be able to livestream the event online.
What Can We Expect at WWDC ’18?
Apple will hold a keynote event on Monday, June 4, where the company is likely to announce new devices and hardware, in addition to software developments.
This year, rumors suggest that we could see a lower-cost MacBook or MacBook Air device, as well as a lineup of refreshed iPad Pro models — likely with Face ID and other iPhone X-style features and upgrades.
On the software side, it’s likely that we’ll see more of Apple’s plans for its upcoming iOS 12 operating system. While rumors suggest iOS 12’s focus will be stability and performance, we don’t know that much about the update yet. Presumably, it’ll roll out in the fall alongside new iPhones.
Last year, Apple unveiled HomePod, the powerful iMac Pro, a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro form factor, and various software updates, including macOS High Sierra, iOS 11, watchOS 4 and ARKit.
Additionally, Apple plans to make 350 WWDC Student Scholarships available this year, which includes free entry to the event, lodging and a one year membership to the Apple Developer Program.
Interested students or STEM organization members can submit their applications to the Scholarship Program starting on Monday, March 26. Applicants will be asked to build an interactive scene in Swift that can be experienced in three minutes or less.
This year’s WWDC event is the second consecutive event to take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, where Apple held its first WWDC ever. After years of holding the conference in San Francisco, Apple has seemingly switched back to holding WWDC at McEnery with last year’s event.