April 3, 2014
Most Apple fans know that the biggest event at each year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is the Monday morning keynote address. What they may not know is the most important event, for Apple developers anyway, is actually the annual State of the Union session that follows. For the first time, this year's technical version of the keynote will be live streamed via the WWDC website along with the Apple Design Awards. This suggests Apple has something very big planned that requires the immediate attention of all developers, even those not in attendance for the San Francisco, Calif. event. The most likely scenario is that Apple is planning to unveil an Apple TV API that will bring gaming to its hobby device for the very first time. It is also possible Apple will use the event to introduce its long-rumored wearable device, the so-called “iWatch.” Both scenarios represent new opportunities and challenges for Apple developers. As reported earlier, WWDC 2014 runs June 2 through June 6 at Moscone West. Ticket applications for the event are now being accepted here. As in past years, tickets to WWDC are $1,599 per attendee. Tickets will be issued to attendees through random selection. Developers will know their status by Monday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. WWDC 2014 is likely to feature a demo of iOS 8 and the successor to OS X Mavericks. We might also see the launch of new MacBooks, and Apple’s recently rumored iTunes Radio subscription service. See also: What Does Apple's WWDC 2014 Logo Really Mean?