Apple WWDC 2011 tickets: Registration sell-out!

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By Richi Jennings. March 29, 2011.

Wait, what? This year's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is sold out? Already? All the WWDC 2011 tickets went in under 12 hours, Apple says: too late for registration now. Oh, and the rumors resume about an iPhone 5 delay: boo hoo. In IT Blogwatch, conferring bloggers put the 'C' in WWDC.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention Rymdreglage - Raise your little hand: 8-bit Lego-tastic!..

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Update 2, March 30, 6.20am EDT: Bill Palmer sets us right.

Update 1, March 29, 12.50pm: Michael Grothaus's eBay rant.

Did you tell us so, Jonny Evans?

The event takes place in June, and as I predicted will see renewed focus on the Mac. ... This year's WWDC will see a much stronger focus on the platform, which ... was under-represented at last year's show. ... The focus this year really will be on Lion and the future of the iOS platform.

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WWDC takes place between June 6 and June 10, once again at San Francisco's Moscone West. ... Tickets cost $1,599 ... [but] sold out within 12 hours of being made available.
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  What's all this about a sell-out, Darrell Etherington?

Tickets were on sale for only about 11 to 12 hours. By comparison, WWDC 2010 took eight days to sell out. ... This is the fourth consecutive year that [WWDC] has sold out, and the fastest sell-out on record.

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If anyone needed further proof that iOS continues to be popular among developers, you couldn’t ask for a clearer sign.
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  But where's the shiny, Jim Dalrymple?

Apple’s apparent focus [is] on software in its WWDC announcement. ... Expect a software show in 2011, not a hardware event.

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It’s important to remember that this is a developer conference, not a consumer show. Apple will host developers from around the world to show them what’s new in their mobile and Mac operating systems.
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Oh noes! How will Marc Flores cope?

Just how much time will that leave Apple for an iPhone announcement? Probably not much. ... If you’re like me, and you’ve upgraded to the new version ... every year during launch, this year might be the only one where you’ll have to hang onto [it] for more than 12 months.
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But why, John Paczkowski, why?

If you’re a consumer hoping to get a peek at the next iteration of the iPhone ... you may not want to get your hopes up too much. ... Said one source, “If you go looking for iPhone 5, you’re probably going to be disappointed.”

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I’m just guessing here, but I think postponing the unveiling and release of ... iPhone 5 ... could be an indication that it ... will run on 4G LTE networks. ... AT&T is expected to launch its LTE network by the middle of the year and Verizon’s is already up and running.
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 So it's all nonsense -- right, Bill Palmer?

The “iPhone 5 delay” is being parroted across the media as if there were anything to support such a notion. ... - Apple VP Phil Schiller has publicly stated that the “white iPhone” is coming in the “spring” which ... makes more sense when read as “The iPhone 5, including a white model.”

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Apple never says anything publicly without a reason. ... If Schiller had been referring to a white iPhone 4, he likely would have said so. ... While June is commonly thought of as being a summer month, its first three weeks are still technically in the spring. And WWDC is in early June.
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Could you give us something to make us angry, Michael Grothaus?

A developer is selling an unactivated extra ticket on eBay for ... $3,500. ... It's great that he wants to give another dev who missed out on a ticket the chance of going, but trying to make a buck off it? Come on.
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Before anyone gets too hopeful (or angry), I'm certain that Apple is going to put an end to this auction. ... The last thing Apple wants to have ... is a string of bogus developers ... scalping them for a profit. Still, I wouldn't be surprised to see some more ... show up on Craigslist or eBay before the June 6 conference.
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