Want a Shot at Apple’s WWDC? You’re (Almost) Too Late

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Everybody loves Apple, but with a love so apparently volcanic that the company’s selling developer conference tickets faster than some rock stars and “winning” bad-boy celebs sell out concerts and “comedy shows.”

Tickets for one of 5,000 seats at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 were gone just 10 hours after registration opened. Contrast with last year’s show, where it took Apple eight days to move as many, or even earlier shows which took upwards of two months. If you want tickets, you’ll have to pay eBay fare–someone’s currently¬†selling a single ticket for $3,150.

Not that it’s all Apple love: Google I/O 2011, the big Android shindig in May, sold out in less than an hour. Call it mobile app mania.

Apple has of course been teasing the heck out of WWDC 2011, which runs from June 6-10 in San Francisco. In case you’re wondering what WWDC is, think Apple, new products, much speechifying, and Steve Jobs in long-sleeved mock turtleneck, casual shoes, and jeans.

This year the theme is “a preview of the future of iOS and Mac OS X.” Just a preview? Probably.¬†You’d think all this talk about the iPhone 5 and iOS 5 knocking back to somewhere after WWDC would curb enthusiasm, but with mobile apps a la mode, it seems Apple and Google’s tech shows are more in demand than a seat on Sheen’s Korner or a spot at Kate and William’s nuptials.

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