Apple's 2015 Developers Conference
At a Glance
WWDC is the annual Worldwide Developers Conference held by Apple in San Francisco, California. The 2015 conference will take place from June 8–12.
- June 8–12, 2015
- New versions of iOS and OS X
- New streaming music service
- Revamped Apple TV box and new television service
When Is It?
As announced on April 14, the 2015 version of WWDC will take place June 8–12 at the conference's usual home of Moscone West in San Francisco. The conference typically begins with a kickoff keynote on the first day, where the company makes its major announcements and sets the stage for the remainder of the week.
For the last several years, Apple has featured new version of iOS and OS X at the conference, with Apple Watch taking a particular focus in 2014. This year's conference will likely be similar, perhaps with some new emphasis on Apple TV amid rumors of a revamped set-top box with support for third-party apps.
Apple often previews new versions of OS X and iOS at its Worldwide Developers Conference, in order to give developers time to get accustomed to updates ahead of their typical fall release dates. In 2015, Apple is expected to debut both OS X 10.11 and iOS 9.
Little is known about Apple's next operating system update at this early point in time, but recent rumors have suggested that it will be a "Snow Leopard" type of update that focuses primarily on stability and optimization improvements rather than new features or a new design.
New Streaming Music Service
According to rumors, Apple will debut its revamped music service at WWDC. Said to be a rebranding of its existing Beats Music service, the new service will likely be built into iTunes. Early rumors suggested it could be priced at $7.99, below the industry standard, but now it looks like it'll be $9.99 like other competing services.
New Television Service
A report from The Wall Street Journal has suggested that Apple is working on a new streaming television service that could see a debut at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple is said to be partnering with several content providers, including ABC, CBS, and Fox. The service will reportedly offer approximately 25 channels and will be available for $30 to $40 per month.
Revamped Apple TV Set-Top Box
In addition to a new streaming television service, rumors have suggested Apple will also unveil a long-awaited update to the Apple TV at WWDC. The update is rumored to be a "significant overhaul" of the existing version, with support for Siri and an App Store for downloading apps and games.
The new Apple TV is said to feature Apple's A8 chip and a "dramatic increase" in internal storage. With the addition of Siri, the Apple TV will be able to control HomeKit-enabled home automation devices via voice.
For many years, WWDC tickets were available to any registered developers willing to purchase them, but as Apple's popularity has grown and the size of the conference has remained relatively the same due to space and staffing constraints, tickets have been much harder to come by. WWDC sold out for the first time in 2008, and by 2013 tickets for the event were selling out in just two minutes. For 2014, Apple moved to a lottery system, and the company is once again using that system in 2015.
Registered developers interested in attending the 2015 conference must register for the lottery by 10:00 AM Pacific Time on Friday, April 17. Apple will notify those selected to purchase a ticket by 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Monday, April 20, although the company last year sent out a small second round of selections a few days after the initial notification once the number of unclaimed tickets from the first round was determined.
Tickets for the 2015 conference are available for $1599, the same price Apple has charged for many years, with Apple also offering 350 conference scholarships to student developers and members/alumni of certain STEM organizations through an application process.
Lottery winners were selected on Friday, April 17 and developers began receiving order confirmations on that date.
At last year's WWDC, Apple unveiled:
- Apple Announces OS X Yosemite with Improved Cross-Device Connectivity and New User Interface
- Apple Announces iOS 8 with Interactive Notifications, QuickType, More
- Apple Announces 'iCloud Drive' and 'Mail Drop' Features for OS X Yosemite
- Apple Updates iMessage with Improved Group Messaging and Video and Audio Messages
- 'QuickType' Keyboard for iOS 8 Offers Context-Aware Predicitive Typing Suggestions
- iOS 8 to Include Support for System Wide Third-Party Keyboards - Apple to Enhance App Store with 'Explore' Tab, App Bundles, Beta Testing, and More
- Apple to Discontinue Support for iPhone 4 in iOS 8 - Apple Announces Significant SDK Improvements with New 'Swift' Programming Language, CloudKit and More
2012's event saw the introduction of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, iOS 6 and its standalone Maps app, OS X Mountain Lion, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air updates, and a redesigned AirPort Express.