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Apple’s annual summer pilgrimage for its Mac and iOS developers, the Worldwide Developers Conference, is kicking off on Monday, June 8, 2015 and lasting through Friday, June 12, the company confirmed this morning.

The five-day conference, twenty-sixth in a row, will take place at San Francisco’s Moscone West, “with more sessions than ever before streamed” online.

Like prior WWDCs, this year’s conference will give Apple’s developer community and users around the world much more than a glimpse into the future of iOS and OS X.

“The App Store ignited an app ecosystem that is simply amazing, forever changing the lives of customers and creating millions of jobs worldwide,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“We’ve got incredible new technologies for iOS and OS X to share with developers at WWDC and around the world, and can’t wait to see the next generation of apps they create.”

The conference will feature more than a hundred technical sessions, with over a thousand Apple engineers on site and hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps.

The Apple Design Awards are on the agenda as well, which typically showcase the best new apps in the last year.

Ticket registrations are open at the official WWDC website through Friday, April 17 at 10am PDT. Apple says it will randomly pick tickets to give everyone interested equal chance of attending the conference.

Developers will know the status of their application by Monday, April 20 at 5pm PDT. “There will also be up to 350 WWDC Scholarships available, giving students and members of participating STEM organizations around the world the chance to earn a free ticket”, said Apple.

Here are some conference highlights from Apple’s press release:

  • 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;
  • over 1,000 Apple engineers supporting more than 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;
  • access to the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X, and best practices for enhancing 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 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, Apple Watch and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.

Even if you don’t have a few thousand bucks to spend on a ticket and flight to San Francisco come June 8, select sessions will be live-streamed throughout the week at the WWDC website here and via the official WWDC app for the iPhone and iPad.

“Videos from all technical sessions will also be available by the end of each day,” noted the firm. And yes, we’ll be providing detailed coverage of developments and report on any news that should interest you before, during and after WWDC 2015.

We’re of course excited about previews of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 and expect the company to update us on the state of third-party Watch development.

Given the firm previously promised native Watch apps that run directly on the device (rather than stream off the iPhone) by year’s end, it’s safe to expect more news on that front.

And if I were a betting man, I’d put my money on a next-generation Apple TV with a full-blown software development kit with apps and games via an Apple TV App Store.

Source: Apple

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Circular icons in iOS?
    I’m very excited!!

    • Think  Watch

    • jaws

      Please no.

    • TechLove

      More like Circular icons for apple watch and the squares for iPhone…

    • Jason Baroni

      For the Apple Watch

    • dudeimmexican

      Triangle icons for everyone!

  • -= J$@ =-

    New Apple TV…the writing is on the wall!
    ; D

  • I’ve been thinking of getting a gaming pc this summer but now that Apple has announced WWDC2015, I’m not too sure anymore. I love OS X but it’s been getting boring lately. Not sure why.

    • Dan

      If you’re into gaming, there’s no debate, get a PC.

    • James

      hackintosh !!!!

      • Dan

        I’ve always wanted to try that, but seems complicated as hell. I can build my PC but I stop there.

      • James G

        Speaking from personal experience it is complicated. But not much more complicated than jailbreaking an iPhone.

        The hardest part is figuring out how to navigate the installation based on what hardware you have. Once it’s setup you’re good….until that next OS X update rolls out and you have to scramble again to figure out how to update.

  • Jonathan

    Wonder what those icon shapes around the edges mean..

    • Wilfred Lim

      rounded edge square for the iOS/OS X app, circle for the Watch app…i think

      • Chocolope Jailbreakush

        I heard the icons for the iPhone will be circle on iOS 9.

      • Way too many apps use square designs, it would be impossible to make circle apps on iOS look good because lots of apps will still be square.

      • Chocolope Jailbreakush

        Good point.

      • jolehp

        Would be nice to have few options too choose what shape of icons do you want to apply. 😀 I would like to see in iOS 9 icons to be more alive in some 3D Air view with some icon animations.

    • James G

      Convergence of iOS and OS X if you ask me. WWDC 15 will be the beginning and WWDC 16 is when we’ll see it fully come to fruition.

      What this means beyond that idea, I have not yet theorized!

  • Linton Findlay

    Wish list for iOS9
    Quick reply API- like IMN
    Siri API
    Split screen multi tasking for large iPhones and iPad
    Swipe Selection

    • We all ready have quick reply?

      • Linton Findlay

        By API I mean third parties- whatsapp and FB messenger QR is needed

      • James G

        Developers can add in QuickReply with iOS 8, they just didn’t do it. Apple even showed this off in last years keynote.

        Another major feature plenty of developers have been lazy about is integrating Keychain into their apps to tap into saved passwords from safari for logging in.

      • Andrew

        But it’s not real in-line quick reply. Like for FB Messenger, if you swipe down and hit reply, it just opens up the app. I think he means actual quick reply, in that you can type your response right there, like for the native messages app.

      • Dor Pinhas

        We have only for the native messages app, not an API for dev

      • Ampe

        Not true. Skype has Quick reply

      • Amit

        Hitting reply only opens the Skype app. It doesn’t open up a text box like quick reply should do.

      • Ampe

        My skype app permits ti reply as the messages quick reply do

      • Amit

        Care to take a photo? When I click reply it launches the Skype app with the relevant chat, but does not open a text box right there in the notification like what’s happening in the messages app.

      • Well if you have swipe selection you must be jailbroken. If so you can get all those features on Cydia.

    • Jonathan

      I’ll add:
      Custom lockscreens
      More animated wallpapers and a section in the App Store to download more

      My wish-but-never-come-true list.
      Activator integration
      iWidgets
      Couria
      Springtomize 3
      Anchor (apps anywhere on screen)
      Flux
      Winterboard

      Heck with it, integrate Cydia into iOS 9.

  • Steven Code

    I’m really curious how iOS 9 is gonna be

  • Exstinction

    i seriously need this wallpaper in 1080p

  • Chocolope Jailbreakush

    Anyone think iOS 9 beta will be worth getting rid of a Jailbreak in June?

    • Depends on what new features they bring. In my opinion so far every time a new iOS as in iOS 6 iOS 7 & iOS 8. I loved the new features buy their are always going to be a few features they haven’t added so I will jailbreak to get them.

      • Chocolope Jailbreakush

        Agreed.

  • Rares

    “Mark your f. calendars: WWDC is June 8-12. Sell all the magical sh*t that Samsung will steal 6 months later.

    • Dan

      You had to go there.

      Goes both ways, you can also date your calendar to see all the magical sh*t iOS will borrow from android 😉

      • Rares

        If you didn’t notice, there are some “. This is just a funny quote I took from twitter that I found funny. 🙂

  • Hussain Alsanona

    Yeahhhhhhh, the best time of the year. So excited

  • Genady Okrain

    Organizing a party around WWDC 2015? Let me know and I will add you to the Parties for WWDC app! @genadyo

  • Hussain Alsanona

    Last year I predicted the WWDC date and it was truuuuuuue

    • TechLove

      Give this man a cookie.

      • James G

        I gave him an upvote. A cookie is too much work for someone who put such little effort.

  • Aman kapoor

    just give me the wwdc wallpapers already

  • Yarin Azulay

    Wallpapers 🙂
    Enjoy!

  • iPodDroid

    Ahhh…. WWDC…. One of the most exciting developer conferences of this year… So STOKED to see what iOS9 has to offer ^_^

  • James G

    I think they’ll announce more features that bring OS X and iOS closer to each other. By iOS 10 it will be iOS X!

  • Yay iOS 9 is close!!

  • James G

    I just did a double take on that design. Buried in the center and very dark is what appears to be the Photos icon only thinned out around the edges of each leaf.

    • Chindavon

      I see it.

  • Tommy

    Next weeks wallpaper of the week – wwdc15

  • Did anyone notice that Apple used their own San Francisco font for their announcement?

    • Ralph Castro

      Maybe WatchOS 2.0 or new font for iOS 9..

    • James G

      They used that font on the new 12″ MacBook keyboard as well.

  • TwinSon

    Honestly I just want a solid quick compose feature and better quick reply. Anyone who has 8.3……do 3rd party keyboards work better now?

    • Ralph Castro

      Yes

  • Chindavon

    Apple needs to pay the BiteSMS guys and make the next iteration exactly like BiteSMS.

  • Hussain Alsanona

    My New Screen

  • Plistumichu

    Epicenter of change.
    Apple TV like shape in the middle of a icons ecosystem (iOS devices + Apple Watch).
    I think it would be about a revamped Apple TV.