All systems are go, people. Apple has announced the official dates for their annual Worldwide Developers Conference and internet forums and Twitter feeds are already alive with predictions about what exactly is going to be announced. WWDC ’12 (with a slightly cryptic tagline It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for) will take place on June 11 – 15th in the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, a favourite venue for Apple several years running.
Tickets went on sale for $1,599 and sold out within two hours after going on sale, breaking a new record (in comparison, the tickets for WWDC ’10 sold out after a week) and any visitors to the WWDC section of Apple’s developer website in the hope of grabbing one are now greeted simply by a simple sold out message. Preliminary reports are suggesting that Apple has netted an instant $1.3 million in ticket sales, though nothing has been confirmed as of yet. WWDC ’12 is also one of the first events that Apple is offering a so-called “student scholarship“, whereby hopeful young app developers have the chance to submit their application in order to gain a seat at probably the most anticipated technology announcement of the year.
Apple is known for its secrecy and hype-building however we can all take a pretty educated guess at what is going to be announced. Given the fact that Apple quietly mentioned Mountain Lion back in February (and registered developers have seen several previews since then), we can rest-assured that the official announcement will be coming. The long-awaited iMac and MacBook Pro refresh may also be in the works (with those retina displays we’ve all been dreaming about) and we’ve also been hearing some chatter about Apple scrapping the 17-inch MacBook Pro and redesigning the whole line to tie them in with the MacBook Air.
No matter what will be announced, it surely will be something exciting and there’ll surely be something in there for all of us. Let the countdown begin.