Sorry devs, Apple's WWDC lottery is now closed

If you had your heart set on attending Apple's annual developers conference and hadn't yet registered for the lottery, well, there's always next year.

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For those who didn't already register for Apple's annual developers confab, you're now out of luck. Ticket selection this year will be determined by lottery, and the deadline to enter your name was 10 a.m. PT on Monday.

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, which takes place in San Francisco's Moscone Center West from June 2 to 6, usually sells out within minutes. So this year, in an effort to open up the process, the company has opted for a lottery system. Chosen developers will be notified by 5 p.m. on Monday. Tickets cost $1,599.

Part of the allure of a gathering like this is exclusivity, but given the high demand of the conference, it's a wonder Apple hasn't moved it to another venue, like it has sometimes in the past when there have been scheduling conflicts at Moscone West. Apple didn't immediately respond to questions about venue considerations.

As always around Apple events, the rumor mill is churning in the months leading up to the conference. Some speculate that the company could introduce iOS 8, which is expected to have a health-tracking bent. There's also the question of iTunes Radio being made into a standalone app in the new mobile OS. As it stands now, the service is bundled with the main iTunes app.

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Richard Nieva is a staff writer for CNET. He previously worked for PandoDaily and Fortune Magazine, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times and on CJR.org.

 

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