Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, is an annual conference that showcases the company’s new software and technologies for developers.
The conference, which was first held in 1990 and which traditionally takes place in California, includes hands-on labs with Apple engineers and in-depth sessions covering a wide variety of tech-related topics for attendees. The 2008-2014 conferences were sold out at 5,000 attendees, all of whom have to sign a non-disclosure agreement covering the sessions and other material handed out at WWDC.
Beginning in 2002, WWDC became a site for hardware announcements. In 2003, WWDC merged with QuickTime Live, another Apple trade show. The number of QuickTime sessions was increased, the Apple Design Awards were joined by “Apple Design Awards for QuickTime Content,” and more enterprise-oriented content was added.
In June 2014, WWDC celebrated the 25th anniversary of WWDC. The event included the unveiling of new software items like the iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. The new Swift programming language and a surplus of developer kits and tools for iOS 8 were also announced at WWDC 2014.