Developers sound off on Apple’s WWDC seat availability and community networking issues

“As many have pointed out, Apple’s mark in the technology world has grown over the past decade, especially following the release of its iOS dynamic duo, iPhone and iPad,” David Morgenstern reports for ZDNet. “However, the size of its Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) hasn’t kept pace. This year, the tickets sold out in minutes, not in hours.”

“The problem of seat availability and community networking hasn’t gone unnoticed by developers,” Morgenstern reports. “Some have brought forward solutions”

Morgenstern opines, “As I have mentioned before, Apple has three major hardware/software platforms on the market and is one of the biggest computing platform companies in the world, yet it only offers a single one developer conference. Yes, the Tech Talks are a good idea. However, Apple needs to address the needs of differences in geographic and market segments and how that plays out within each of its target platforms.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. I made it to the Tech Talk in Austin, a year ago in February.
    It was great. Very helpful. Covered a lot of material. 🙂

    Making the videos available quickly, even during the event, is very nice. The videos help in that there can be two talks that you want to sit in on, but they run concurrently.

    1. “Siri, how can I be at two places at one time?”

      “I found a matter-anti-matter dematerialiser near you. Shall I show you on the map?”

      “Yes, Siri, show me.”


      “Wow, Siri, it actually works! But, but, where’s my other foot?”

      “You did say you were The Third Shoe? I dematerialised one of your feet so you wouldn’t have to wear four shoes.”

  2. Getting WWDC tickets reminds me of one eBay strategy where you sit waiting until the final minuted then BASH AWAY AT YOUR KEYBOARD in a hyper bidding war. This knocks all the grannies out of the competition and often provides nice results. But knocking all the grannies out of WWDC can be a very bad thing. It’s kind of silly that only those with keyboard bashing skills get to go.

    However, I don’t know what Apple is supposed to do about it. Find an even more giant venue? Lower the teacher to student ratio? Make WWDC less useful and effective? Have ‘video-only’ watching rooms? Put the ENTIRE WWDC up online live with interactivity? It’s a puzzlement.

    1. You need to learn about snipe apps. I rarely bid on things on eBay, but even I heard about them years ago.

      The only one I have minor experience with is jbidwatcher.

    1. The problem isn’t the size of the venue, rather it’s the maximum number of people who can get quality face time with Apple engineers.

      I agree that Apple should have separate events for Mac OS and iOS. Probably be easy to get seats for the Mac OS event and it would take 3 minutes to sell out the iOS event (rather than two).

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