Not too many years ago it took what felt like months to get the session videos following WWDC. This year, it'll be near-instant.
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference — WWDC 2015 — is set for June 8 at Moscone West. That means a week of sessions for developers, where Apple engineers give presentations on everything from the latest and greatest new frameworks to the core technologies that enable them. All with the goal of helping everyone make better apps.
Since not all developers can fit it into the physical building or get to every session, Apple provides videos that the developers can watch later and repeatedly. Over the least two years Apple, and its events and worldwide developer relations teams, have done everything they can to get those session videos posted just as fast as they can. This year, however, they're taking not just a step but a leap forward — this year some of the sessions will be streamed live.
It wasn't impossible to see coming. In addition to the much faster release of the session videos, Apple has been streaming its keynotes regularly for a while. Scaling that up to multiple sessions over multiple days for something as popular as WWDC probably won't be easy, and will require the best technology and technicians, but if it works — and I think it will — everyone from developers in town but not in the building, to developers far away at home, can all watch together, talk together, and learn together.
Because of the labs, where developers can ask questions from the Apple engineers who make the frameworks and give the presentations, being at WWDC at Moscone will still provide the greatest value. The labs will help them discover workarounds, get feedback on approaches and interactions, and report frustrations directly to the people responsible for the platform.
With the streaming, however, if you can't make the trip or simply can't get a ticket, developers will at least have equal access to the information, and in a way beyond what any physical structure could accommodate.
It won't solve all the problems of scale Apple's platform popularity brings with it, especially the labs. More tech talks, more developer relations, more one-days, or even more innovative solutions will need to be thought up and implemented eventually.
But for now live streaming the sessions is a terrific start, and it's a big deal.