Updated 9:40 Pacific: Apple confirms that it is not the source of these videos. The story has been updated to reflect this fact.
Someone at Apple is probably steaming mad right now.
The notoriously-secretive company does not allow journalists into developer sessions at WWDC. But someone posted full versions of over one hundred World Wide Developer Conference videos on YouTube, including sessions on best mobile user interface practices, integrating maps, and in-app purchases.
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WWDC’s pricy $1,600 tickets, you might remember, sold out in two short minutes.
These videos were not posted by Apple, according to a spokesperson we talked with this morning. The videos will likely be coming down soon, he added.
Google, which is famously open, actually live-streamed much of its developer conference, Google I/O, and made developer sessions available on its YouTube channel within days. Apple hasn’t quite made it there yet, although the keynote was livestreamed.
These videos may not come from Apple, but this is something the company badly needs to do.
Apple has over 300,000 iOS developers in the U.S. alone, far more than can attend WWDC, and the global cohort of iOS developers could easily be triple that. So many of them flooded Apple’s developer services in search of the iOS 7 beta that Apple’s developer website was crushed under the traffic.
Apple developers are contractually bound not to reveal details about Apple’s coming plans or technologies that they learn about at WWDC, not from disclosing screen captures or information about upcoming Mac and iPhone operating systems they learn by having early access to the platforms.
Realistically, however, information always leaks.
The YouTube account is simply labeled ‘WWDCVideos,” and the account info doesn’t specifically mention Apple. But the fact that over 100 videos were uploaded with perfect 1080P quality and seemingly all at the same time (about six days ago), plus the fact that they have not been pulled from YouTube for copyright violation, made them seem unusually legitimate.
Hat tip: 9to5Mac