WWDC 2011: There's an app for that

Ahead of the show, Apple's put out a special application for WWDC attendees to keep track of what's going on at the show.

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Ahead of next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has published a full schedule of the show, along with a special iOS application for those who are attending.

The application (iTunes), which works on both iPhones and iPads has a full conference schedule, which users can bookmark to create their own itineraries. It also has maps of San Francisco's Moscone West (where the conference is being held) so that attendees can find their way around. Additionally the app has a reservation tool that can get attendees a slot at one of the various developer labs, just like they'd book an open slot at the Genius Bar withthe company's retail store app.

More interesting features include a photo viewer with official images from the show, and a news reader that reads like Apple's Mail application.

Having a special app for a conference is not unusual these days, in fact Apple did the very same thing last year. And like last year, this one is also limited to registered attendees. Apple ran out of tickets for this year's show in less than 12 hours. By comparison, it took last year's show eight days.

WWDC kicks off on Monday with a keynote address from Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The company has said it's showing off iOS 5, along with detailing more of Lion, the next version of the Mac OS. Apple will also take the wraps off iCloud, what it's only described so far as a "cloud services offering."

(via Macworld)

Apple's WWDC app.
Apple's WWDC app. Apple