Hoping to score WWDC 2013 tickets? You and about a million others, though according to some it’s becoming a case not of what you know or how you invest your efforts, but how well you’re connected and/or your location.
Back in 2011, it took just 12-hours for Apple’s shiny-new World Wide Developers Conference to sell out, though by 2012 this has come down to just two-hours. Demand is off the scale and with only 5,000 or so seats to go around, you’re looking at a situation where anyone that goes about it candidly has a better chance of hitting the lottery jackpot and being struck by lightning on the same day…it ain’t gonna happen.
And let’s not forget that this year the whole world is waiting to see what Apple is going to do next – not because we’re so excited about their next wave of products, but more about how on Earth they’re going to win back critical and consumer faith.
Developers have admitted they’re well and truly on edge, with most having set up multiple quantities of every single notification system in the book in order to be the first to know when tickets go on sale. But given the fact that this is what they’re all doing, none really have much of an advantage.
Technically, the best and perhaps the only way of guaranteeing a seat is to either know someone that’s connected to the WWDC 2013 event itself, or another that’s happy to sit and hit the ‘refresh’ button about 8,000 times a day so as to be right at the front of the queue when the official WWDC 2013 tickets page goes live.
There’s not much help with the former, but the latter is apparently covered by WWDC Blast – a service which according to those behind it uses “proprietary technologies and engineered redundancy at every level of our stack ensure that when WWDC tickets go on sale, we’ll be the first to know. And when we know, you’ll know”.
You have to ask yourself though – given the fact that most of the important stuff will be streamed live over the web and ever last nugget of wisdom will be blogged and Tweeted about 30-seconds after being voiced, is it really worth so much hassle? Not to mention the $1,500 ticket price?