Apple Offering Some Devs a Second Chance at WWDC Tickets

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Tickets for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference sold out this morning in less than two minutes, leaving a number of developers with error messages stating that their purchase requests were unable to be processed.

    According to a tweet from Red Sweater Software founder Daniel Jalkut, Apple contacted some registered members of its developer program to offer them a second chance to purchase a WWDC ticket. Eric Doleki detailed his phone call from Apple in a blog post.
    Dolecki's story has been confirmed by several other developers on Twitter who have also received phone calls from Apple. The company appears to be offering tickets to developers who experienced a failed purchase after placing a WWDC ticket in their shopping carts.

    Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference will take place June 10-14 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. Tickets are priced at $1599.

    Article Link: Apple Offering Some Devs a Second Chance at WWDC Tickets
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2001
    Two of the three engineers at my company got this call. We had all tried to purchase tickets at 10am, none of us with any success.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    In an ethereal plane of existence.
    If I was you, I would have wrote a macro to auto-purchase tickets the moment they go on sale. Considering the crowd that shows to these things, I wouldn't be surprised if quite of few of them do that.
  4. macrumors member


    Sep 21, 2012
    Sucks to be the people that had to re-enter the CAPTCHA code.
  5. macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2012
  6. macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2010
    This is what separates the king of customer service from the copycats!
  7. macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Seems like the system may have failed and made it seem like all of the tickets were sold out in two minutes. Apple is following up trying to sell off the unsold tickets without re-opening the sale to the public.

    Just a theory.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    I was in the process of checking out when the ticket was removed from my cart. Same thing happened to a colleague of mine. This happened for both of us way under the published sellout time. He got an e-mail saying there was a ticket for him, however I haven't heard a peep from Apple.

    They need a reservation timer like Ticketmaster and many other sites have.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2013
    Couldn't have said it any better. :D
  10. macrumors 6502a

    May 6, 2004
    Really, if you actually pay Apple money to be a developer, they should reserve a ticket for you versus "opening it to the public"...
  11. macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2008
    Des Moines, IA
    The problem is the extreme excess of paid developers vs. amount of space at the conference. It only costs $100 to be a member of the developer program.

    Edit: Don't quote me on that number, it may have changed since the last time I looked.

    Edit: Yup, $99. I bet there are way more than 5,000 "developers" (that's how many tickets were available) who just pay the $99 to have access to iOS betas.
  12. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
    $99 a year for each. So more than $100.
  13. macrumors 68020

    Mar 23, 2006
    Seems a daft system to me. Couldn't they hold a series of WWDC conferences around the world over the space of a month to give more developers a chance to attend. Not all Mac developers live in California.

    Or maybe take it online instead with webcast seminars and presentations followed by the chance to have web chats with Apple engineers.

    The current system just shows how US centric Apple still is despite repeatedly stating that future growth will primarily come from international sales.
  14. macrumors 68030


    May 31, 2007
    National Weather Center
    My buddy just received a call informing him that he now has a ticket.
  15. macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    Our company does this & avoids the madness. :)

    Apple just loves headlines. :eek: They can hype anything.

    No wonder they have such a variety of FART apps. Kids love Em.
  16. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    My understanding is that there are something like 250,000+ devs just counting the one's with apps in the Apple app stores.

    And only 5000 seats...seems like it would work out too well.
  17. macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2007
    Lol. You call it great customer service, I call it a screw up.

    If it would have been working properly, they could have avoided all this hassle. Good spin on the story though.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2004
    LO, this is like scoring a Bag of Crap from Woot!

  19. macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    Hmmm, can't even get 5,000 sales right. SJ would not approve.
  20. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Wow how original.
  21. macrumors 68020

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Wasn't the published sellout time just two minutes, so how could you have done your purchase "way under" that time?
  22. macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2012
    I think that it was very nice of them to do this! They could have simply looked the other way with regard to this and blamed it on servers,etc. Maybe they have more room at the conference than they let on...
  23. macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2013
    Awesome, got the call, as did a few other engineers in my org. I tried to complete my transaction at about 10:02 but got an error. I'm guessing the system that actually completed the transactions failed after about a minute, but they recognized that they had enough orders and just closed it, knowing they could go through the logs and follow up with the customers in order.


    I think there are a few reasons they don't do this:
    - They're already putting the presentations online on the day of.
    - They don't want their engineers away for more than a few days.
    - The best part of the conference is the keynote, which you can only do once.
    - The after hours experience is a pretty significant part as well, and you can go have drinks and talk big without having to get a ticket.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    So there is someone out there more cynical than me! ;) Normally I'm the first to think such things, and it's not impossible, but my first reaction was that Apple may actually just be making a good gesture here.

    I hear that during the keynote, Apple will be announcing revolutionary software on OS X and iOS that automatically filters out any comments related to "Steve would/would not do this". As soon as Tim announces it, there will be a standing ovation. :D
  25. macrumors member


    Feb 6, 2006

    Wow, I remember when I could come here and read witty, intelligent comments. Now there are so many trolls. :(

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