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Apple Considering Separate WWDC Conferences for Mac and iOS?

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Hardmac reports that it has received information from one of it most reliable sources at Apple indicating that the company could offer two Worldwide Developers Conferences per year, separating Mac OS X and iOS content into individual events.
One of our most reliable sources at Apple told us that the company could decide to organize two different WWDC every year, one dedicated to the iOS, iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc... and the other one to Mac OS X and the Mac.
The report's choice of words to say that Apple "could" offer two WWDCs makes it unclear whether there are actual thoughts of Apple making this happen or if it is simply an idea that has been tossed out.

This year's WWDC has been notable for its focus on iOS, as evidenced by the keynote's focus, mix of developers sessions, and the axing of Apple Design Awards for Mac OS X applications. Apple has indicated that the shift focus is simply a timing issue, with the new iPhone and iPad fresh in people's minds and rolling out new features while the Mac platform remains in the middle of a cycle with Mac OS X Snow Leopard well established and Mac OS X 10.7 not yet ready to show.

Even with the scaling back of Mac OS X this year, the conference sold out in only eight days with over 5,000 registrants packing the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco for the event this week.

Article Link: Apple Considering Separate WWDC Conferences for Mac and iOS?
 

rorschach

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On the one hand it seems like a good idea. However, I can imagine having one conference is a lot easier for people who develop for both the Mac and iOS.
 
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Tyre

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Absolutely. Apple needs to reassure people that they aren't abandoning their roots. I hope this more than a "could happen."
 
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JAT

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I vaguely remember a "Mac OS X", but not sure why....do we ever talk about that here?
 
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Consultant

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iOS WWDC
Mac OS WWDC

Hum interesting. But aren't workshops / demo at the 2010 WWDC said to be to be scalable across Mac OS and iOS?
 
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chach17

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Ya, what a great idea. They should schedule the Mac WWDC for mid-January and call it MacWorld!
 
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reel2reel

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This would be no surprise. People whining about the death of Mac and "Pro" seem incapable of thinking beyond the moment. I really don't see the logic in taking away the desktop computers, which are so integral to the development of igadget app's.
 
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thevofl

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I think October would be great, with the release of the latest iMacs. But first update the Mac Pro, the MBA, and the mini, like tomorrow.
 
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Consultant

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This would be no surprise. People whining about the death of Mac and "Pro" seem incapable of thinking beyond the moment. I really don't see the logic in taking away the desktop computers, which are so integral to the development of igadget app's.

Those people don't realize that the Mac is the center of the digital hub that includes iPhone iPad iPod (and their backup).
 
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calderone

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This is a good thing. Calling the most recent event WWDC was rather misleading. The entire keynote was iOS.

Last time I checked WWDC does not have the word "Mac" in it. Worldwide Developers Conference. This one was simply about iOS and iPhone.

That's going to be very expensive for developers who have products for both OS X and iOS.

I am sure they would have some kind of combo pricing or reduce the pricing of the individual conferences.


iOS WWDC
Mac OS WWDC

Hum interesting. But aren't workshops / demo at the 2010 WWDC said to be to be scalable across Mac OS and iOS?

To some degree, but there are many labs and sessions focused on pretty much iOS development. But if you are a Mac only dev, I am sure it is annoying that the focus is on iOS. So even sessions that cover both probably have a heavy focus on iOS given the theme this year.
 
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Hellhammer

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This would be great as not all devs care about or develop for iToys plus now it seems to be that Apple concentrates on iToys and iOSs rather than Macs which are still huge market share (no word about updates nor OS X 10.7)
 
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Small White Car

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I dunno.

Seems like it may make more sense to get a bigger space and effectively do the "two-conventions" plan, but the same week in buildings right next to each other.
 
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Stella

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Apple must absolutely do this. It will give developers confidence that Apple are still serious about OSX.
 
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Riemann Zeta

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Good idea. It would encourage developers to stay with Mac OS by showing that Apple still gives a sh*t about it.
 
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milbournosphere

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bout time. I really hope this is true. It would indicate that Apple could possibly be interested in providing decent resources for the wonderful operating system that is OS X.
 
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pdjudd

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This is a good thing. Calling the most recent event WWDC was rather misleading. The entire keynote was iOS.
Your point? The iOS does have a development platform and Apple talked a lot about development. The words "World Wide Developers Conference" does not contain the words "we will always be talking about the Mac hardware and OSX"
 
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