Tickets to WWDC 2013 sold out in less than two minutes, leaving thousands of eager developers despondent and morose. For a lucky few iOS developers Apple is doing the unthinkable, making personal calls to invite selected devs to the conference.
According to sources at TUAW an iPhone app developer gave details of his experience, saying, “I pick up and a nice guy tells me he’s from Apple Developer Support and that they noticed that I tried to purchase a ticket today and that the transaction didn’t go through. I told him that was true. I thought the next thing out of his mouth would be an apology or something – just to be nice. He then proceeds to tell me that he’s got good news – a ticket has been reserved for me in my name and that I’ll be receiving an email from Developer Support within 12 hours with instructions on how to purchase the pass.”
For those of us in the iPhone and iPad app developer community unable to attend the world’s most prominent developer conference Apple is allowing developers free access to watch online video feeds of developer sessions. As a Los Angeles iPad app developer getting face-time and networking opportunities with the 1,000 Apple engineers and iOS developers is worth the $1,599 price of admission but a free video of the keynote speakers and developer workshops will do just fine.