Tickets for Apple’s WWDC 2013 sell out in 2 minutes

“After going on sale at 10:00 AM Pacific Time today, tickets for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco have already sold out in two minutes,” Eric Slivka reports for MacRumors.

“WWDC has sold out increasingly quickly in recent years, and this year in particular saw a massive rush of developers ready to purchase at the launch time due to Apple having announced the on-sale time a day in advance,” Slivka reports. “Previously, Apple had begun sales at the moment it announced details on the annual conference, but with last year’s tickets selling out in under two hours, some developers found themselves out of luck before they had even woken up for the day.”

WWDC 2013 Sold Out in Two Minutes

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jax44” for the heads up.]

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40 Comments

    1. Actually it takes two minutes to go from open window to final credit card closure.
      Two thousand portals , two thaws and tickets, into minutes.
      Just a thought. And moving along JAT>

    1. Part of the appeal of WWDC is interacting with Apple developers. Asking questions, getting suggestions, etc. There are only so many of them to go around. So a larger venue really wouldn’t help.

  1. With all the negative news on Apple’s stock and with what feels like a general lag in Apple products and innovation, I was very happy to see WWDC selling out so quickly. That says a lot that the headlines just don’t convey.

      1. I agree. Once the maintenance notice went away (10:00:15am PST), the site just said index.action cannot be completed – or something to that effect. After I finally got in (~10:00:45am PST), there was no announcement or change of any kind. I clicked around the site frantically, and I saw nothing. I reloaded the WWDC ticket page (~10:03:00am PST) to see if there was a link there, and that’s when it said sold-out. I thought, “Surely, that’s a mistake,” but it wasn’t.

        I didn’t even get a chance to fill-out the form. How did other people get pages served and I didn’t?

    1. The issue is Apple’s engineers’ and designers’ time. Apple takes a huge number of engineers and designers away from their day jobs in order to support this. In many cases you’ll get the person who actually wrote the code for something giving that talk. (You really don’t want some marketing guy standing up there trying to tell you how to implement a specific set of API calls in XCode.)

      If Apple held two WWDCs then that would pull the staff away for too much. If there were two concurrent WWDCs Apple would not have enough engineers and designers to support both.

      1. Yes that makes perfect sense. My thought was the years I worked in MI and retail, I was a NAMM Attendee. Living in Indy, Only 1 staffer got to go to the LA/Anaheim Show. (The show with the stars- You’d see Eddie Van Halen outside smoking)The rest of us got to go to the Summer Nashville TN show for 1/2 the price. So, my thoughts were if they had a SF session AND say a Boston session another time of year. OR- How about a separate iOS and OS X conference? I should be CEO of Apple.

    1. While I agree that the conference should be larger. It cannot be THAT much larger. The whole point of the WWDC is to have small sessions in which developers can interact *directly* with Apple’s engineering and design staff. Changing a session from 50 to 60 or so people might be viable, but doubling it to 100 people kills the chance for most of the attendees to get that direct interaction. At that point Apple might as well just video the session and post it — oh wait, Apple is doing that too!

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