WWDC 2017 returns to its roots in San Jose

After 14 years at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Apple is taking its Worldwide Developers Conference much closer to home. The company revealed today that WWDC 2017 will be held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, a return to a venue that hosted the event from 1988 to 2002. The event itself will be held June 5 through June 9.

The San Jose Convention Center

Prominent Apple blogger John Gruber spoke with the company's senior vice president of marketing, Phil Schiller, regarding the change. According to Gruber, the company expects that more of its engineers will be able to attend the event thanks to the 10-minute drive to downtown San Jose from its headquarters in Cupertino. In fact, Apple says attendees will be able to rub shoulders with over 1,000 of its engineers at the conference.

For those hoping for a ticket to WWDC 2017, Schiller told Gruber that the event will not be significantly larger as a result of the venue change. Registration for the conference will continue to be a lottery-style system, as well. Registration for that lottery will open March 27 at 10:00 AM PDT through Apple's developer portal.

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    • BIF
    • 3 years ago

    With each passing year and each disappointing list of products being released, I become less and less enthusiastic about Apple’s products.

    This year I need to see a 17″ laptop and an iPad/iPhone, each with something VERY motivational, or else Apple might lose me. I don’t care about “thin”. Thin is just automatically expected. “Functional” is what I’m looking for. So let’s see that for a change.

    It’s official: My relationship with Siri is dysfunctional. Itunes was an opportunity lost, and the lame “music” app on iOS just plain sucks. The Podcasts app is cumbersome. The phone requires WAY TOO MUCH fiddling with the screen when driving a car, just for basic functionality such as skipping forward on songs or selecting a new album.

    We keep getting guilted and shamed for using our phones while driving, but NOBODY seems to care enough to design an interface that “just works” without having to look at the phone screen. I’m tired of being scolded on this.

    The only thing keeping me on iOS right now is Applepay on my iPhone, but I hear that Android’s payment app is just as secure and easy to use now. Once my iphone goes bad, I’ll be considering all smartphones, and it will be ON.

    I also have an old iPad 3, which works fine for web browsing, but I can’t shut off web ad stupidity, so I’m not feeling especially loyal to either iPhone or iPad these days.

    In the last 10 years or so, I have been somewhat on the trailing edge. Not the first to get an Android, but once I had one, I kept it for a long time before switching to Apple. So if Apple loses me after having an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 6 Plus, it basically means that they’ve ALREADY lost a lot of other customers.

    Stop wasting time on headphones and watches.

    Apple needs an Android killer and a web ad killer for iOS. Apple needs a 17″ MBP model with the ability to order one with the fastest i7, [i<]more than one[/i<] super-fat SSD (2TB+), and 64-128 GB RAM in it. Apple needs to improve its iOS built-in applications. This can all be done. But so far, Apple doesn't seem to care about the enthusiast.

      • shaq_mobile
      • 3 years ago

      Has Apple ever cared about enthusiast? I guess when I think of enthusiast, I think of someone passionate about progression in a beneficial and productive manner. I thought their main attraction was a consistent and reliable platform at the cost of being cutting edge and open platform. At this point, they aren’t even concerned with being all that user friendly. They’re going harder than ever on trends, regardless of how inconvenient they are.

      Besides, that’s a lot of RAM and SSD for Facebook, amateur photography, and remoting into Windows machines to do actual work.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Do you know the way?

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      Whichever it is, it involves sitting in traffic.

      • Captain Ned
      • 3 years ago

      Well, the singer who won a Grammy for it hated the song, and it was written in Tin Pan Alley.

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