WWDC 2012 tickets have been completely sold out. Before looking at history of Apple’s WWDC and major products launched we need to check as to how it got sold out so fast.
Apple’s famous Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 (WWDC) is round the corner. The biggest public relation event of the American multinational company will take place at Moscone West, San Francisco from June 11 to June 15, 2012. The company will showcase a set of new products and upgrades at the event. The long-awaited iPhone 5 and its firmware iOS 6 may likely be the centers of attraction in the conference this time. WWDC is a major occasion when Apple removes curtain from many of its top products and services. Here we take a look into the history and some interesting things about the developer conference of the Californian tech innovator.
History of WWDC
Apple, which was established in 1976 (incorporated in 1977) by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, conducted the first developer conference in 1983 in Monterey, California. Until 2002, the conference used to take place in mid-May. The current timetable of June was accepted in 2003. But in 2006 it was conducted in August because of some tight scheduling at the Moscone Center. Since 1998 the WWDC kicked off with the keynote address of the company’s late CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs. Well, what we are going to witness is an Apple developer conference without Steve’s keynote address. It will be the first time in fourteen years when Steve Jobs will not be around. Steve, who appeared at the 2011 WWDC with an unhealthy body, passed away late last year succumbing to pancreatic cancer.
Until 2007, major products Apple displayed at the WWDCs were Mac-related. Many Mac computers, accessories, operating system updates, programs and software were the top items of the event. But since 2007, the year Apple’s flagship smartphone iPhone came was launched, the major focus of WWDC has been on iPhone and other iOS updates. Later, the company started introducing iPod touch music player upgrades and iOS updates at the conference. As of now, WWDC is mainly known as an iPhone and iOS release event. But last year Apple did not reveal its iPhone 4S at the conference. The company only uncovered the 2011 iPhone version in October only.
Major products at WWDCs so far
iLife: Apple launched its first suite of media management software for Macs at the WWDC 2003. The suite included iTunes, iDVD, iMovie, iWeb, iPhoto and much more. The programs are meant for various media management features of Mac computers. Later, Apple extended some items of the suite like iPhoto to its iOS platforms also. The latest version, the iLife ’11, was launched in October 2010 at the Back to the Mac event held by Apple. The company is now evidently working on the iLife ’12, which may not come at the WWDC 2012, though.
Intel Transition: It was at the WWDC 2005 that Apple announced to start to upgrade its Macs with Intel processors. As a result, Apple computers like MacBook Pros, iMacs and new Ultrabook MacBook Airs run on Intel’s latest PC chips. The Leopard was the last OS X iteration to support Power PC processors of Apple.
Mac Pro: Mac Pro is a workstation PC from Apple. The machine was first announced at WWDC 2006. The powerful computer comes with multiple processors and it can perform some heavy computing tasks. The latest model of Mac Pro came in August 2010 with Intel Xeon Nehalem quad-core processor.
App Store, iPhone 3G: Apple launched the second generation iPhone 3G and the famous App Store at the 2008 WWDC. Though iPhone came to existence in 2007, it was unexciting without the App Store. Indeed, iPhone 3G with App Store kicked off the voyage of the Apple smartphone.
iPhone 4: The iPhone 4 is one of the world’s most sold-out electronic gadgets. Apple launched this dominating version of iPhone at the WWDC 2010 along with iOS 4, FaceTime video chat software, iMovie and much more.
We are about to witness the next WWDC 2012, which certainly will be noted with the absence of the Cupertino tech maker’s main architect and charismatic CEO Steve Jobs, who is one of the world’s best CEOs ever. The new developer conference will possibly bring us some long-awaited incredible products including the iOS 6, iPhone 5 and much more.