Apple’s 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference is happening between June 5 and June 9 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, according to both the WWDC site and e-mails sent out to registered developers this morning.
Previous WWDCs have usually been at the Moscone West Convention Center in downtown San Francisco, but the conference has been outgrowing that venue for years, and last year Apple had the opening-day keynote at the nearby Bill Graham Civic Auditorium just to make sure everyone could get a seat. The new location does offer more space, which hopefully means Apple will be able to let more developers attend this year.
Registration will work the same way it has for the last few years. Starting on Monday, March 27, Apple will open up ticket registration to people who were registered members of the Apple Developer Program and Apple Developer Enterprise Program as of today, February 16. After accepting registrations for a while, Apple will randomly select developers who get to attend; those who are chosen will be charged $1,599 for their ticket. The system’s randomness can be frustrating, but it’s Apple’s solution to a first-come, first-serve scrum in which tickets can sell out in just a couple of minutes.
WWDC is first and foremost a developer conference, full of sessions and coding workshops and meet-and-greet activities aimed at people who make apps for Apple’s platforms. But the first day of the conference always kicks off with a bigger, more consumer-centric keynote during which Apple takes the wraps off of the new versions of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS that will launch in the fall. Apple has also used the WWDC keynote to launch new hardware, but in recent years that practice seems to have died out.