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Apple Engineers Running from Q&A at WWDC?

Posted by Yenova | Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | | 0 comments » reports that the Apple Engineers didn't answer questions for the Q&A at the end of WWDC, most likely knowing what questions were going to be asked. Q&A were never canceled unless there was no time left. However, this year WWDC ended 45 minutes early and Apple still didn't have Q&A.

The last session of WWDC ‘09 yesterday was about publishing on the App Store. The content of sessions is under NDA, so I can’t tell you what it was about. So I’ll tell you what wasn’t in it: the audience Q&A session that succeeded nearly every other WWDC session and usually provided invaluable access to Apple employees and useful additional knowledge to attendees. The session itself blew through its lightweight examples quickly, ending 45 minutes early. The majority of the audience was clearly there for the Q&A. As people lined up at the microphones around the room, the presenter abruptly showed a simple slide with only “WWDC” in plain lettering, thanked us for coming, and bolted off the stage. The Apple engineers, usually staying around the stage for one-on-one questions, were gone. The lights came up instantly, and it was the only session that didn’t end in music. The audience was stunned.

It was a giant middle finger to iPhone developers. And that’s the closing impression that Apple gave us for WWDC.
Apple's Engineers obviously knew the questions they were going to be asked with all the unreasonable rejections of App Store submissions this year. They most likely just didn't want to face them.



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