When is WWDC 2017? What new Apple products and software updates should we expect at WWDC 2017? How can I watch the press conference/keynote speech live - is there a WWDC 2017 livestream video? And how can I get tickets to WWDC 2017?
Apple's yearly WWDC event is where it announces the latest updates to the software running on its Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other devices. At the WWDC 2017 press conference, expect updates related to iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS. Read on for more information, how to watch the live video stream and follow our live blog from the event, and for all our predictions for the WWDC announcements.
WWDC 2017 dates: When is WWDC 2017?
Apple's famous week-long WWDC 2017 event runs from 5-9 June 2017, and will be held at the McEnery Convention Centre in San Jose, California. You can get confirmation of the dates and venue by asking Siri, by the way.
Based on previous behaviour, expect Apple to host an opening press conference and keynote speech on the first night at 10am Pacific time, or 6pm UK time, in which it will showcase the latest versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. Then a week of developer training courses (and awards ceremonies) will follow.
Those interested in attending can do so, but it's quite expensive and the tickets are usually distributed by a peculiar kind of lottery - one where you still have to pay if you win.
WWDC 2017: How to get WWDC 2017 tickets
Tickets will be distributed by lottery, as we explain below. Registration for this lottery opens on Monday 27 March at 10am PDT. To register, you must be a member of the Apple Developer Program or Apple Developer Enterprise Program.
Visit Apple's WWDC site for more details. Last year the lottery registration lived at a /register subsection of that page, and may do again this year, but at present it redirects to the main WWDC page.
The ticket lottery
Back in 2012, all 5,000 WWDC tickets sold out within two hours of being released. Developers had no prior warning from the company about the event and, understandably, many of those who missed out were far from happy. In 2013, Apple decided to let developers know in advance when the WWDC tickets for that year would go on sale. But upon release, it took only two minutes for the tickets to sell out, which left even more developers feeling angry. A new approach was needed.
So, in 2014, Apple took a completely different approach to its ticket sales - one that, as we predicted, has become Apple's way of distributing tickets ever since. Instead of issuing tickets on a 'first come first served' basis, Apple offered everyone a chance to win the chance to buy a ticket by registering for a lottery.
Visit Apple's WWDC 2017 website and register for the ticket lottery after 27 March 2017. And if you miss out there, remember that Apple offers free entry to WWDC, and accommodation for the week, to the winners of its WWDC Scholarship program. To qualify for this you need to be in part- or full-time education and be a registered Apple developer, and submit a Swift Playground.
Read more about all of this here: How to get tickets for WWDC 2017.
WWDC 2017: How much do WWDC 2017 tickets cost?
Even if your name is drawn in the ticket lottery, you'll still have to pay to attend WWDC 2017. In 2016, those selected to attend WWDC were charged $1,599. (That's around £1,280 at current exchange rates - last year the equivalent was only £1,082...)
WWDC 2017: What products has Apple launched at previous WWDC events?
Before we get into our detailed predictions of what Apple is likely to launch at WWDC 2017, let's remind ourselves of the products and services Apple has launched at previous WWDC events.
WWDC tends to be more about software than hardware - nearly every version of iOS and macOS has had stage time at WWDC. But there have been some highly significant hardware unveilings too, including the second, third and fourth iPhone models, the redesigned Mac Pro and a number of MacBooks.
Here are the highlights of WWDC events since 2006:
- WWDC 2006 (7-11 August, Moscone Center, San Francisco): Mac Pro; revisions to Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard' (which had already been announced) and Mac OS X Server
- WWDC 2007 (11-15 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): Feature-complete beta of Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard'; Safari for Windows
- WWDC 2008 (9-13 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): iPhone 3G; iOS App Store; iPhone OS version 2.0; Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard'; MobileMe
- WWDC 2009 (8-12 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): New MacBook Pro models: a new 13-inch MacBook Pro and updates to the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros; iPhone 3GS; release of iPhone OS 3.0 (which had already been announced)
- WWDC 2010 (7-11 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): iPhone 4; FaceTime and iMovie for iPhone
- WWDC 2011 (6-10 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'; iOS 5; iCloud
- WWDC 2012 (11-15 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): New MacBooks: updated MacBook Airs and MacBook Pro with Retina Display; Mac OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' (sort of - it had previously been announced on Apple's website, but this was its showcase demonstration); iOS 6
- WWDC 2013 (10-14 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): New Mac Pro; New MacBook Air models; Mac OS X 10.9 'Mavericks'; iOS 7; iWork for iCloud; iTunes Radio
- WWDC 2014 (2-6 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): Mac OS X 10.10 'Yosemite'; iOS 8; Swift programming language
- WWDC 2015 (8-12 June, Moscone Center, San Francisco): Mac OS X 'El Capitan'; iOS 9; watchOS 2; Apple Music
- WWDC 2016 (13 to 17 June, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium & Moscone Center West, San Francisco): macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10
For a closer look, visit our History of Apple's WWDC product launches article.
Read on for our full and detailed report on WWDC 2016: find out everything that was announced last year.