Site Sends SMS Message When WWDC Tickets Go On Sale

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    In 2011, less than 12 hours after passes went on sale, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference had already sold out. To help would-be attendees get a chance to purchase tickets, developers Anthony Herron and Aaron Wardle created WWDC Alerts, a website that lets users sign up to be sent a text message when WWDC tickets for 2012 finally go on sale.

    For 2012, Moscone Center's event calendar lists a generic "Corporate Meeting" from Monday, June 11th through Friday, June 15th. It seems likely that this year's WWDC will take place during those dates.

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    If this is made a big deal out of, then everyone will sign up and tickets will sell out even more quickly then they would have without this service. Doesn't Apple send out an email anyway? Hmmm...
     
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    I'd be willing to pay £10 to see it live somewhere organised by Apple. Along with popcorn, hotdog and a drink.
     
  5. BC2009 macrumors 68000

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    I'm guessing this year's WWDC will be focused on software like last year's (i.e.: no new iPhone announcement). This is based on the assumption that the schedule for Qualcomm's LTE-capable chip holds true, meaning that an LTE-capable battery-efficient iPhone won't be possible until Fall 2012.

    I'm kinda crossing my fingers that Apple's rumored new lower-power display for iPad 3 will reduce power usage enough to justify battery-consuming LTE in the iPad 3 (i.e.: trade off one bit of power savings for another bit of power consumption). While a retina-iPad-3 is highly desirable, I think an LTE-capable iPad 3 would put it over the top. This, of course, has a very low chance of happening as Apple loves to use and reuse the same parts across their devices to reduce costs and engineering.

    Right now I am just trying to save up for the iPad 3 so the sale of my iPad 2 makes the iPad 3 affordable. Retina display is almost enough in and of itself to get me to upgrade after switching my iPhone 3GS for an iPhone 4S (I love the retina display).
     
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    Here's an idea: how about if Apple finds a bigger room?
     
  7. Rocketman macrumors 603

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    Given the interest, it would be crazy if Apple doesn't have either satellite events in multiple venues with video conferencing, or more likely, a second and third round of events at or near that same venue right after the sold-out event.

    These sorts of things are in the moment and losing the folks who missed out is inexcusable.

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  8. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    Or make separate events for OS X and iOS.
     
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    Jobs said that Moscone is "the biggest place" in San Francisco. I wouldn't know, I don't live there.

    Also, the new Apple mothership, er, headquarters is supposed to fix this issue.
     
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    Last year it was a issue the guy in front of me in line for for the keynote bought 3 and sold 2 and with the profits was able to cover the cost of the 3rd ticket for himself.
     
  12. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    He could have got way more than he did. Trust me, I am a broker.
     
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    Las Vegas, Chicago, and Orlando (to pick three examples) have bigger facilities.
     
  14. Rocketman macrumors 603

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    I understand why they have it where they do. They want HUNDREDS of employees to stroll over ans participate. Vegas for example would require the additional logistics of travel and lodging. I get it.

    But why not have events somewhere near Palo Alto the two weekends following the main event? Why not have satellite events where you send say 20 guys to a Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, or New York venue to answer questions and handhold as they do at WWDC?

    I say the reason they don't, if they don't, is they declare those folks who actually make it the low hanging fruit of most connected and most motivated programmers. The rest are riff raff.

    The problem with that is the current system outside of WWDC is a farm team system. The developer membership is the amateurs, WWDC is the AAA league, and the app store itself is the majors.

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    Why stop with an app that sends you an alert? Why not have an app that buys your ticket as soon as they are available?
     
  16. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    If that were the case then getting a ticket would rely on having the fastest internet connection ;)
     
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    Why do people insist on making acronyms redundant? The "M" in "SMS" already stands for "Message" - calling it an "SMS Message" is like saying "ATM Machine", or "LCD Display".
     
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    Your mention of ATM machines reminds me that I'd better double check my PIN number. ;)

    Actually, it's reasonable to refer to an SMS message, meaning a Short Message Service message, when speaking about an individual text message, just as you you might refer to facts gathered by spies as CIA intelligence even though the I in CIA stands for "intelligence".
     
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    Last year I would have been SOL if it wasn't for MacRumors.

    Apple does send out e-mail but in my case I get those on an e-mail account that is link ADC account so I don't look at that mailbox every 5 minutes.

    I have fixed this problem but it seems is a little crazy to think if I really want to go next year I have to have plans and back-up plans for when these tickets go on sale.

    Hell, I might end up with 2 or 3 extra tickets if I don't disable my fail-safe plans in time.
     

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