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WWDC 2017: Apple’s Developer Conference Hits San Francisco On 5 June

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Expect to see new versions of macOS and iOS at the very least

Apple has revealed its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place at the Moscone Centre in San Francisco on 5 June running through to 9 June .

Traditionally at WWDC Apple reveals the next generations of its main operating systems, macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

We can safely expect to see iOS 11 make a debut and macOS 10.13, and it is likely Apple will at least mention next steps for its Apple TV and Apple Watch operating systems.

WWDC 2017

Apple WWDC 2017Developers will be able to take a punt at buying tickets late March, and for people making software for Apple platforms, especially iOS, the conference is one to watch whether in San Francisco or via a live stream. However, tickets can be expected to cost a wallet-emptying $1,599 (£1,278), the amount they have been priced at in previous years.  

Demand is usually sky-high for tickets, so Apple is reportedly considering doing a public lottery for tickets to counterbalance such a voracious appetite to hear CEO Tim Cook and friends enthuse about various software features and tweaks Apple has added into its widespread platforms.

While WWDC is a software focussed event, Apple is due to refresh its ultra-slim MacBook line, after it overhauled the MacBook Pro models in 2016 with a major re-design, the addition of a second screen TouchBar and the a hefty price increase.

Whatever Apple does reveal it is taking a highbrow tone in its promotion of the event, seemingly wanting to go beyond the normal confines of technology from a technical perspective.

“Technology alone is not enough. Technology must intersect with the liberal arts and the humanities, to create new ideas and experiences that push society forward,” the Cupertino company said.

“This summer we bring together thousands of brilliant minds representing many diverse perspectives, passions, and talents to help us change the world.”

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