Apple kept everyone on tenterhooks this year by announcing WWDC 2012 very late – the second latest announcement ever in fact.
Like many other people (11,000 of them I hear, which is alarming given that there are only 5,000 tickets to the event) I signed up to WWDC Alerts, which sent me an SMS message while I was having lunch, only a few minutes after the tickets went on sale. That I was lucky enough to bag myself a ticket has a lot to do with that – about 90 minutes later, they were all gone – so big thanks to fellow Brits Anthony Herron and Aaron Wardle for running that, completely free of charge too. Legends.
Apple picked a surprising time to announce the tickets, being as it was about 2am Pacific Time. Perfect for people like me in Europe – I’d expected to get the call late at night – but I imagine there are a lot of people on the west coast who are seething about this choice of timing.
I’ve never been to WWDC before, but this year was a perfect time to go, with the continued growth of SourceTree and the fact that I’m attending Atlassian Summit, which is held a couple of weeks before in San Francisco. So I’ll be heading over for Summit, hanging out in the Atlassian SF Office for a week, then heading down to WWDC. A pretty efficient trip
So, if you’re going to WWDC, Summit or are in the SF area generally around that time and want to say hi, look me up!
I’m also thinking about getting a short-term pre-paid SIM (preferably with data) for the 3 weeks I’m out there, if you have any suggestions on that front I’d love to hear them.