Apple WWDC sells out: Hello eBay and Craigslist?

Fueled by iPhone and iPad mania, Apple developers event sells out in 8 days

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), being held in June but only announced on April 28, has already sold out, fueled by interest in the iPad and next-generation iPhone.

As of Friday morning, no WWDC 2010 tickets were being offered on eBay (though swell vintage t-shirts from WWDCs gone by are available…), but you know that won’t be the case for long. Tickets are surfacing on Craigslist, where one seller says an extra ticket he bought isn’t refundable but is transferrable, and that he’s selling it for $200 under the $1,600 face value. (Hey, maybe the notorious iPhone 4G prototype finder can find some extra WWDC tickets and sell them to Gizmodo, too?)

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Apple anticipates 1,000 of its engineers and 5,000 developers to congregate at WWDC from June 7-11 in San Francisco, where some think the iPhone 4G smartphone  (or whatever it will be called) will debut. Maybe even a few federal law enforcement types will show up as well, given supposed interest by the Department of Justice or Federal Trade Commission in Apple's approach to allowing or not allowing developers to build apps for iPhones and iPads.

CEO Steve Jobs is expected to take the lead on presenting new products at the event. Apple has been mighty busy of late revealing new offerings, including its new iPhone 4.0 software, the latest beta version of which debuted this week. 

No word on whether the Daily Show's Jon Stewart or comic/TV talk show host Ellen Degeneres might have been invited to join the WWDC speaker line-up, in light of their recent rants/parodies of Apple and its products.

While Apple hasn't revealed the exact lineup of sessions at WWDC, it has given a general description, breaking them down by Application Frameworks, Core OS, Developer Tools, Graphics and Media, and Internet & Web. 

It's clear that much focus will be put on the iPhone and iPad, with the Mac and Mac OS X taking perhaps a back seat (the Apple Design Awards will be limited to iPhone and iPad apps).

Networking sessions will focus on "creating reliable, secure, high-performance solutions for mobile applications." Security sessions will focus on defending apps from malicious attacks

WWDC also features many hands-on labs.

Coincidence or not, Microsoft is also holding its annual Tech Ed event the same week, though it will be held in New Orleans.

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