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Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference sells out in less than a day

March 29, 2011 |  2:38 pm

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In less than a day, tickets to Apple's 2011 Worldwide Developers Conference have sold out.

The annual event, known as the WWDC, brings together developers who build applications for Apple operating systems and products -- Mac OS X, which runs on desktops and laptops, and iOS on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Tickets went on sale Monday for $1,599 each and were sold out within hours. Apple representatives were unavailable for comment on how many tickets were made available.

This year's conference, which runs June 6 to June 10 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, will focus on the future of Mac OS X and iOS.

No word on whether Steve Jobs will be on hand at the 2011 WWDC. The Apple chief executive is on an indefinite medical leave of absence, though he has remained involved in major product decisions and announcements. Jobs unveiled the iPad 2 himself this month in San Francisco.

It is likely that Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook will be in attendance. Cook has taken over the majority of Jobs' daily responsibilities and ran the Cupertino tech giant's shareholder meeting last month.

Another safe bet would be a larger role for Craig Federighi, Apple's new senior vice president of Mac software engineering, who has replaced Bertrand Serlet in the crucial role. Serlet, known as the "father of Mac OS X," left the company last week to pursue scientific endeavors.

Serlet's exit and Federighi's rise come as Apple is preparing to release Mac OS X 10.7 Lion this summer.

Mac OS X Lion, which Federighi has been instrumental in building, will push Apple's desktops and laptops toward a bit more parity with iOS, adding touch-controlled functions and full-screen apps that look and feel more like smartphone or tablet applications.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

twitter.com/nateog

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