Apple has announced it will be hosting this year’s instalment of its annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) from June 10-14 in San Francisco. Tickets for the event go on sale later tonight for $1,599 and the event usually sells out within the first couple of hours of the sale going live.
“Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.
WWDC is where Apple usually unveils the latest versions of iOS and Mac OS X and take developers through some of the key new features in the mobile and Mac operating systems. This year Apple is expected to unveil iOS 7 and Mac OS X 10.9. Apple’s iOS 7, in particular, would be under a lot of scrutiny as this would be the first iteration without Scott Forstall’s leadership and is expected to be a lot flatter with significant Jony Ive influence.
Apple’s App Store is claimed to be the biggest in the world with the company claiming it accounting for about 74 percent of all app sales. Apple has so far paid developers $9 billion from app sales with $4.5 billion coming from the last four quarters alone. The App Store has topped 45 billion unique app downloads and is currently averaging 800 downloads per second.