Apple schedules WWDC 2014 for June 2-6

Apple is changing the procedure behind issuance of tickets and making it a random drawing, similar to Google's I/O conference.
By Ananth Baliga  |  April 3, 2014 at 4:12 PM
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CUPERTINO, Calif., April 3 (UPI) -- Apple announced it will hold the next World Wide Developers Conference June 2-6, its annual event where developers are given a peak at its latest projects.

The dates are similar to past events, with only one change this year. Apple will issue tickets after a random drawing, and not a first-come-first-serve basis, a practice that had drawn a lot of criticism from developers.

Developers had criticized the small window available to purchase tickets for the event, with most missing out on an opportunity to attend the conference. Most developers would hear about the conference long after tickets were sold out. Registered Apple developers will have from Thursday, April 3 until Monday, April 7 to register for tickets.

WWDC is a chance for developers to sample the new projects Apple is working on, though most of the projects will have to do with operating systems and software, so it is highly unlikely the new iPhone 6 or new iPad will be unveiled at the conference.

One new development expected is iOS 8, especially the presence of the Healthbook, a feature that will house fitness and health apps that take advantage of sensors on phones and wearables. Apple may also release a new version of OS X, following Mavericks.

The MacBook, iMac and Macbook Air could get new processors and the latter may finally get Apple's high-definition retina display. Another long-rumored product, iWatch, could also make its debut at this event, though that seems unlikely.

[Computer World] [CNN]

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