Apple WWDC 2014 dates confirmed with new ticket process

Apple has confirmed dates for its Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC 2014, which will take place June 2th through June 6th in San Francisco, along with news of a new ticket application process aiming to cut out some of the mad rush for access. Registration for WWDC is already open, but for 2014 it's no longer a first-come, first-served process.

Instead, Apple will be offering ticket applications through until Monday, April 7th, at 10am PT. After that, Apple will be randomly selecting those five thousand whose applications are successful, at which point they'll need to cough up the $1,599 attendance costs.

Interestingly, Apple is limiting access to existing registered developers. Would-be WWDC attendees will need to be registered on the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or Mac Developer Program as of the announcement of the dates today.

Although targeting coders for the most part, with several days of access to Apple engineers, WWDC is also traditionally an opportunity to see a preview of what the company has in the pipeline for its software. In the past that's included new versions of Mac OS X and iPhone iOS, with the big news generally coming in the day-one keynote.

With iOS 8 expected later this year, alongside the iPhone 6, a glimpse of the new mobile software seems almost guaranteed. We'll know more in a few months time.