WWDC sells out in under 2 minutes

Tickets for the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) went on sale at 7:00pm on Thursday 25 April and were sold out within two minutes.

In 2011 tickets sold out in 12 hours, 2012 sold out in 2 hours and now 2013 has sold out in 2 minutes.

WWDC has space for 5000 delegates every year. There have been calls for Apple to increase the number of delegates but then there would be significant problems as Apple provides personal support for developers during the conference and would be unable to provide enough support for more delegates.

In the last few years Apple have used WWDC to announce updates to OSX and iOS as well as release new products. Apple is expected to give a preview of iOS 7 and an update to OSX but rumours of any product launches are very slow despite the high expectation of an iWatch or Apple TV.

Apple Announces WWDC dates

Apple today announced that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place June 10-14 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. The company also announced that tickets for the event, which will be priced at $1599, will go on sale tomorrow at 7:00pm South African time.

The image above is displayed on the WWDC website. The Characters “MMXIII” are the roman numerals for “2013”.

Unlike Apple Media events, the WWDC banner image doesn’t normally hint at what might be announced at the event. However the use on roman numerals is interesting…

Apple Prepares for iPad Mini Launch

Apple has begun preparing the California Theater for the Media Event to be held on 23 October 2012 at 10am pasific time, 7pm South African time. The last time Apple used this venue they release the original iPod.

Apple is expected to announce an iPad Mini with a 7,85inch screen. There are also suggestions of new iMacs, Mac Mini’s and a 13inch Retina Macbook Pro.

We will be providing updates on Twitter.

Apple issues invite for 23 October media event

Apple has issued invites to the media for an event to be held on 23 October at the California Theater in San Jose. The event is scheduled for 10am Pacific time which is 7pm South African time. The tag line reads: “We’ve got a little more to show you.”

iPad Mini

Apple is expected to release a new iPad called ‘iPad Mini’. The iPad mini is rumoured to have a 7inch screen with the news lightning connector. The iPad mini is expected to come in two colours, Black and White with 3 difference capacities, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Just like the iPad 3 the iPad mini is expected to have Wifi and the option of cellular data. The Cellular data is rumoured to come with LTE support for all countries, unlike the iPad 3 which only supports a small amount of carriers.

With the release of the iPad mini the iPad is expected to receive a minor update, adding full support for LTE and adding the new lighting connector.

There are also suggestions that a new Macbook with a retina display, new iMacs and a new mac mini could be released.

It is unclear as to when these product will be available. Generally Apple makes them available a week or two after the even. When they will be released in South Africa is still to be confirmed.

The update to the iPad 3 to support worldwide LTE will be a great update for South Africans as the current version will not get LTE from Vodacom or MTN. People using their iPad 3 on CellC will find themselves in luck when CellC makes LTE available before the end of 2012.