Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017 Dates Announced

Apple announces dates and venue for WWDC 2017

Apple yesterday announced the dates for its Worldwide Developers Conference 2017, which will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA, from June 5 through June 9.

After having been held in San Francisco since 2003, this is WWDC’s first return to San Jose in 15 years. Apple’s head of marketing, Phil Schiller, says that the location offers several advantages, among which are the logistics required to bring 5,000 developers and 1,000 engineers together under the same roof.

San Jose has the advantage of being closer to the company’s Cupertino headquarters, and the early announcement will also allow attendees to get cheaper flights to get to the conference.

Tickets to the event are being offered at $1,599, and attendees will be randomly selected from amongst developer applications. Developers may apply for tickets starting March 27 at 10 am Pacific Time, and they must be members of the Apple Developer Program or Apple Developer Enterprise Program as on February 16, 5:30 am Pacific Time.

That deadline has now passed, which means applications will only be received from those who are already on one of the developer programs.

What to Expect at the Apple WWDC 2017

Typically this is where Apple reveals its new operating system versions. For this year, that could mean the announcement of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 and the upcoming versions of tvOS and watchOS.

What everyone will be waiting for, however, is the opening keynote address which, in the past, has included launch announcements for new Macs and iCloud.

The big question everyone must be asking now is whether or not we’ll see some real innovation come through on iOS 11, the operating system that iPhone 8 will eventually run on when it is launched later this year.

Although iOS 10 did bring significant additions, much of it has focused on an enhanced user experience rather than something truly innovative. Now, however, with iPhone 8 expected to come with 3D facial recognition, iris recognition and other advanced biometrics capabilities, we hope to see a significant jump in innovation to match what iPhone 8 will bring to the table.

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