If you were lucky enough to get tickets to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference within the two minutes it took for them to sell out, Apple is going to make your time there easy with the new WWDC app that provides session schedules, venue maps, and even videos of each session, which will be made available daily for the duration of the conference.
Even if you weren’t able to snag tickets to WWDC, you can still watch those session videos as long as you’re a registered developer and log into the app with your development account credentials.
The full list of what WWDC is capable of is as follows:
- Browse times, locations, and descriptions for sessions, labs, and special events
- Mark schedule items as favorites with a simple double-tap
- Watch session videos, available daily
- Start watching on one iOS device, and pick up where you left off on another
- Keep up with the latest news, get important notifications, and see daily snapshots
- View maps to find your way around Moscone West
- Provide feedback on session content and speakers within the session details view
- Add your attendee information to Passbook for speedier on-site registration
WWDC kicks off on Monday, June 10 with a keynote event and though Apple hasn’t officially announced these bits, it’s expected that Tim Cook will lead the charge on stage and that the event will start at 10:00 am Pacific Time as in recent years. Though rumors of new products abound, Apple will likely focus on showcasing the next versions of Mac OS and iOS as it’s done in the past several years at this event.
I’m very excited to see what Apple will announce at WWDC. I’m hoping that iOS will see some significant changes to Notification Center in particular (I’d love to see some customization to what can be shown on the lock screen) amid the design changes that are expected in iOS 7 now that Jony Ive is at the helm after Scott Forstall’s departure last year.
WWDC for iPhone and iPad debuted in the App Store yesterday and is free to download.