Tickets to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) sold out in a record two hours this morning. The conference will be held in San Francisco from June 11-15.
“Sorry, tickets are sold out,” the site says. It explains that Apple will post videos of the sessions shortly after the conference, making it available to the Internet public at large. While the event always sells out, this is the fastest conference sellout in Apple’s history.
Last year, the WWDC sold out in 10 hours, which was a record at the time. In 2010, the event sold out in eight days. Last year’s WWDC unveiled iOS 5 and highlighted features from OS X 10.7 Lion. This year, insiders speculate that Apple will focus on the new iOS 6 and details of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
Even though the conference is technically sold out, there are still scholarships available to 150 student developers. The program is open to full- and part-time students who are 13 years of age and older. Kids must provide proof of school enrollment and be paid members of the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program or Mac Developer Program, or an iOS Developer University Program Student team member.
Apple’s Q1 Earnings Reflect a Huge Surge in Popularity
The jump to a fast two hours is indicative of Apple’s soaring popularity, and it comes on the heels of yesterday’s blowout Q1 earnings. For comparison, Google sold out its Google I/O developers conference in just 20 minutes, though Google’s event often includes thousands of dollars worth of free hardware for attendees.
ReadWriteWeb’s Dan Frommer illustrated Apple’s huge quarter in charts. Its sales have grown 59% year-over-year, making sales its biggest growth statistic. iPhones make up Apple’s biggest business, with 35 million shipped during the quarter. Meanwhile, iPads account for 17% of products sold, trailing the iPhone’s impressive 58% of sales. With its Q1 earnings alone, Apple could actually buy T-Mobile.