WWDC17 head­ing to San Jose

Ap­ple’s an­nual de­vel­op­ers con­fer­ence to be held in San Jose on 5 to 9 June. Caitlin McGarry re­ports

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In a de­par­ture from the norm, Ap­ple just an­nounced the dates and lo­ca­tion of its an­nual World­wide De­vel­op­ers Con­fer­ence. This year, the event will be at San Jose’s McEn­ery Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in­stead of San Fran­cisco’s Moscone Cen­ter, though Ap­ple is keep­ing its usual June time slot.

The com­pany typ­i­cally holds off on re­veal­ing WWDC de­tails un­til much closer to the event, but Ap­ple ex­ec­u­tives wanted to give de­vel­op­ers plenty of time to make travel ar­range­ments, ac­cord­ing to The Loop.

The con­ven­tion cen­tre in San Jose is com­pa­ra­ble in size to Moscone and will still be able to fit about 5,000 de­vel­op­ers and 1,000 en­gi­neers, who flock to WWDC ev­ery year to learn about Ap­ple’s lat­est up­dates to iOS, macOS, and now watchOS and tvOS, along with ef­forts like HealthKit, CareKit, Sir­iKit, and more.

“Tech­nol­ogy alone is not enough,” Ap­ple said in its an­nounce­ment. “Tech­nol­ogy must in­ter­sect with the lib­eral arts and the hu­man­i­ties, to cre­ate new ideas and ex­pe­ri­ences that push so­ci­ety for­ward. This sum­mer we bring to­gether thou­sands of bril­liant minds rep­re­sent­ing many di­verse per­spec­tives, pas­sions, and tal­ents to help us change the world.”

So why is Ap­ple aban­don­ing San Fran­cisco? Well, it’s ex­actly not that un­usual a move: San Jose hosted the first WWDC in 1988, and the com­pany held it there ev­ery year un­til 2002. The last time Ap­ple held the con­fer­ence in San Jose, the iPod was a brand-new de­vice and Steve Jobs held a funeral for Mac OS 9.

But Ap­ple isn’t the only tech gi­ant to move its an­nual event to the South Bay. Google’s an­nual I/O event moved from San Fran­cisco to Moun­tain View last year and will be held at the Shore­line Am­phithe­atre again this year. Face­book is mov­ing its de­vel­op­ers con­fer­ence, F8, from San Fran­cisco to San Jose this year. Google, Face­book and Ap­ple are not based in San Fran­cisco, so hold­ing events closer to their own head­quar­ters makes it eas­ier for their em­ploy­ees to at­tend. San Jose is min­utes away from Cu­per­tino, while San Fran­cisco is an hour’s drive.

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