This morning, Apple sent out invitations to its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which is due to take place at Moscone West in San Francisco, California, on June 8. However, if developers out there are looking to catch CEO Tim Cook and whip out their selfie stick for a quick snap, think again.
In a note added to its “WWDC in detail” Web page, Apple explains that “selfie sticks,” or any similar monopod devices, are unfortunately banned from both Moscone West and the surrounding area. Well, “unfortunately” for attendees, that is, but not for viewers of Cupertino's WWDC keynote live stream; as iDownloadBlog explains, consideration for viewers of the live stream could be one reason behind the ban. In a recent article, the website notes:
As Apple typically provides a video stream of the opening keynote which garners millions of views on the web, one possible explanation includes the possibility of selfie sticks potentially obstructing shots of the stage and blocking the views of Apple’s camera crews.
Moreover, the website adds, WWDC conference sessions are also filmed, and as such selfie sticks could obstruct shots here, too.
Developers can apply for WWDC tickets now from Apple's website, and as in previous years, individual tickets cost $1,599. There are also 350 WWDC Student Scholarships advertised, too, and these are available for students and members of STEM organizations to apply for. In a press release announcing the news, Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller noted that WWDC will see Cupertino unveil “incredible new technologies for iOS and OS X.” Both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 should be revealed, and information on a possible Apple TV refresh might be shared, too. It could also be that Apple's anticipated revamp of the Beats Music streaming service launches.
It all sounds great to us. Just don't plan on taking your selfie stick along, because Apple will ask you to leave it at the door.