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Apple on Thursday confirmed via a press release that its annual summer pilgrimage for developers, Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), will be kicking off on Monday, June 2, at San Francisco’s Moscone West.

The five-day conference will focus on “the future of iOS and OS X,”, indicating that Apple will give us a preview of iOS 8 and the next iteration of its desktop operating system for Macs, OS X.

There will be more than a hundred technical sessions and over a thousand Apple engineers will be available to registered developers to help them integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps.

Apple will also hold its traditional Apple Design Awards to showcase the best apps from the past year and of course hold the keynote on the first day to update us on latest business metrics and hopefully announce “exciting new products” CEO Tim Cook has been teasing for months now…

Apple’s marketing honcho Phil Schiller said:

We have the most amazing developer community in the world and have a great week planned for them..

Every year the WWDC audience becomes more diverse, with developers from almost every discipline you can imagine and coming from every corner of the globe. We look forward to sharing with them our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps.

Apple sold out last year’s WWDC tickets in 120 seconds.

According to Apple, developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website now through Monday, April 7 at 10:00am PDT. Similar to Google which employed a random selection for its I/O 2014 conference which runs June 25-26, Apple said tickets will be issued to attendees through random selection.

Developers will know their status by Monday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. There will also be 200 Student Scholarships available, giving students around the world the chance to earn a free ticket.

This year the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and its alliance partners will help promote scholarships to female engineers and coders.

The WWDC website has this motivational message for developers:

Over the past six years, a massive cultural shift has occurred  It’s changed how we interact with one another. Learn new things. Entertain ourselves. Do our work. And live our daily lives. All because of developers and the apps they create.

For five days, one thousand Apple engineers and five thousand developers will gather together. And life will be different as a result.

Write the code. Change the world.

Some of the highlights of WWDC 2014 include:

  • More than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies;
  • more than 1,000 Apple engineers supporting over 100 hands-on labs and events to provide developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and OS X technologies in their apps;
  • the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X, and how to enhance an app’s functionality, performance, quality and design;
  • the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS and OS X developers from around the world—last year more than 60 countries were represented;
  • a new series of get togethers for attendees focused on particular topics with special guest speakers and activities; 
  • engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and
  • Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone, iPad and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.

Apple said that Monday’s State of the Union session (read: the keynote) and the Apple Design Awards will be live streamed via the WWDC website. Like every year, Apple will post videos from all technical sessions throughout the week on its Developer website, available to all registered iOS and Mac developers.

During the last year’s event, Apple showed off iOS 7, announced iTunes Radio, gave us a sneak peek into the radical new Mac Pro, released developer preview of OS X Mavericks and refreshed the ultra-thin MacBook Air family around the latest chips and all-day battery life.

Kremlinologists among you, what are your predictions for WWDC 2014?

  • caughtinflux

    Kicking off, sire.

  • Sokrates

    OS Eleven?

    • Andy

      OS X 10.10

    • SkyFall

      OS XI? Probably or OS X 10.10 Pacific Ocean (joking).

      • Yehya Mansour

        San Francisco 😉

  • on3simpleclick

    My body is ready.

    • on3simpleclick

      Not sure my wallet it though.

      • omrishtam

        iOS 8 is all i am waiting for currently, cuz i don’t have mac (but i can still pirate it).
        so no wallets needed for now

      • Ninja Banana

        Pirating 😮

      • omrishtam

        *Gasp* :O

      • Cameron Chao

        main stuff probably OS updates, so keep your wallet.

  • asdfasdf

    I hope they finally showing us the new Apple TV with the App Store!

  • Yujin

    The count down begins. What would it be? Bigger iphone? Ios 8? iWatch? Can’t wait and my credit card is ready

    • jp2002

      The system chooses randomly this time 🙁

  • iBanks

    “And life will be different as a result” – pretty much confirms an health product/software to come. For me.

  • Pato_
  • Leonard Wong

    My prediction : iOS 8 + OS X (obviously)
    Retina MacBook Air?
    Non-retina MacBook Air refresh

  • Raz

    IOS 8 HERE WE COME!!!!

  • Tom

    Worth the wait!

  • Alan

    Feels like ios 7 bearly came out, time flies 😮

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    Wow, framboogle was actually right with the date of WWDC

    • Andrew Roth

      Exactly!! Yet nobody believed him. That means that the first real Apple leak in several months they didn’t cover because they were afraid it might be wrong.

  • Andrew Roth

    I’d just like to point out Framboogle said that it would start June 2 a month ago. That’s why you accept any lead on a story no matter how unlikely.

  • Jonathan

    Why do I have a feeling iOS 8 will be like iOS 6? Nothing majorly new, just a couple new features here and there.

    • Yehya Mansour

      Yeh just some additions ! It’s not rocket science lol

    • Neil Sardesai

      I wouldn’t mind some refinements. iOS 7 was a huge change and they definitely need to fix some stuff.

    • Gerardo Castro

      Because that would fit with the pattern Apple has. One year, major hardware change and minor software change, the next year, minor hardware change and major software change… You’d be right on the money!

  • Yehya Mansour

    Am I the only one that noticed Apple’s typo ? “Over the past six years, a massive cultural shift has occurred It’s changed how we interact with one another” I think it should be “It Changed” and not “It’s Changed” … I’m no grammar nazi but such a huge company shouldn’t do such mistakes.
    Other from that I can’t wait for iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 <3 I Hope Apple Suprises Us

    • Dontwannaknow

      I think it is “it has changed”. English is not my native, I maybe wrong

      • Yehya Mansour

        It’s = It is

      • dpacemaker

        I believe they got the ” wrong. There shouldn’t be one, so it should be “its” instead of “it’s”

      • I_Condemn_Adultery

        It’s = it is, it’s = it has

        It’s equal to both of them.

    • Ninja Banana

      also, no period. It should be …shift has occurred. It has changed how we…

  • Nirvana

    iOS should cover more than 200 features as usual, looks like iPhone 4 is out of the supported line-up!

  • jack

    iOS 8 new features (some): AirDrop for older devices, Bluetooth file transfer for any device (OBEX), Control Center toggles customization, iCloud updates (10GB space, Notes, others), stock Documents app, keyboard slide to move cursor, Stores merging, People tag in Facebook sheet.

    • ProfessorX1®

      I don’t think Apple will add Airdrop support for older devices. More like drop support for iPhone 4 and other devices.

  • Alan

    Watch this be in ios 8

    • Jason Baroni

      This would be called iClutter

    • Carlos Gomes

      It’s okay if you like it, but… it looks hideous to me,

      • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

        What’s ugly is Ayecon on a iOS7

      • Alan

        I think it looks ok, but I like it more for its functionality than looks

      • Alan

        Or go back to when it was simple

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      Nice background though lol

    • SkyFall

      I want the wallpaper.

      • Alan

        Valeria 😉

      • SkyFall

        Thanks 🙂

      • I_Condemn_Adultery

        What a fukn whore…probably American.

  • Yehya Mansour

    I think we should do an iOS 8 wishlist comment section

    Here’s mine :

    Quick Reply
    Better In-App Integration
    Opening Touch ID API.
    Control Center Customization.
    Faster Animations
    Better Lockscreen
    Music App Enhancements
    “A Close All” Button for Multitasking.

  • Mike M. Powell

    Somebody should ask….no shout out!!!!!

  • Roboter

    What a good birthday gift 🙂 Can’t wait 🙂

  • CS

    Apple TV update, iWatch, iPhone 6/6c
    Maybe throw in a Mac mini update too. Doubt it, but wish

  • Hussain Alsanona

    They’ve chosen the best day ever, it’s my birthday !!!! Yay exited !

  • Martin

    Intelli Screen X iOS7 is out!

    • Anthony Nguyen

      It’s already out a month ago. I don’t if you’re trolling, but I’m just telling you.

      • Martin

        I’m not trolling, I’m just happy. Has iDB done a review of it?

  • Alberto Espinal

    Something to do with Pixels, because of the Apple pixelated!!