Apple Offering Some Developers Second Chance to Buy Unclaimed WWDC Tickets
Apple is offering some developers a chance to buy unclaimed WWDC tickets, according to a report from 9to5Mac and several Twitter users. Apple has emailed certain developers to offer them WWDC tickets, giving them 24 hours to pay the $1,599 ticket fee.
This year, because of nearly immediate ticket sellouts in past years, Apple decided to offer WWDC tickets to registered, paid iOS and Mac developers through a lottery system. Developers who won the ticket lottery had until April 14 to complete their purchases.
Now Apple is reportedly reaching out to developers who didn’t win the lottery and offering them a chance to buy unclaimed tickets. Some developers are starting to get phone calls from the company informing them that they have been randomly selected to buy one of the tickets that winners failed to claim before the 14th.
It is unknown how many WWDC tickets went unclaimed by lottery winners, nor how the company is choosing developers to receive a second chance at tickets.
The annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be held from June 2-6 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco
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Top Rated Comments
iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4. Your right, nothing seriously new at WWDC....
You may think that that's too expensive, but at that price, they sell out in MINUTES.
Yeah, why enter a VERY difficult lottery to win a bloody ticket, then, when you win, NOT BUY ONE?!?
Especially for this year's show which could see the iBand announced!
Insanely stupid ....
$1599 is chicken scratch to a real developer.
No. Some people will have won and found they couldn't get make travel arrangements, or registered while they sought approval from their company to go, only not to get it. Some companies might have had 2 or 3 people chosen and decided to send only 1. I'm sure there were some people who entered the lottery 'just to see if I win' and never intended on actually going, but I'd expect those to have been in the minority.
There was always going to be a second round of invites to buy tickets, everyone knew that.
Regrettably I didn't win either round. I hope they do a better job with the videos this year. The quality was dodgy last year, with bits of the screen cut off in many of them and they never ever showed up on iTunesU as they have in previous years, making them hard to download offline and stick on an iPad for watching when you had time.
I've been told to get a ticket for next year, you will have to write a 500 word essay on why you should be giving a ticket, and what it means to be an Apple developer.