We had a wonderful event in November. 33 teams presented. The is only the beginning. We're going to get better and better as time goes on.
As we come to a close for 2014, its time to plan for 2015. Back in October, I pinned the date of the WatchKit release, exactly. So to continue the tradition of prognosticating, I wanted to see if I could choose the dates for 2015 that would best fit the release schedule.
Spring WATCH Hackathon
The decision on when to host the Spring hackathon is all about when the Apple Watch gets released.
Retail head, Angela Ahrendts, said the launch would be in “the Spring.” That would line up with the timeframe we've seen for iPad and Apple TV releases in the past.
iPad Release Dates
iPad (1st generation)
April 3, 2010
March 11, 2011
iPad (3rd generation)
March 16, 2012
iPad (4th generation)
February 5, 2013
Apple TV Releases
tv (3rd generation)
March 7, 2012
tv (3rd generation Rev. A)
January 28, 2013
There have been some rumors that it would be out in time for Valentines Day. This seems a little too tight, given that production is beginning in January. Perhaps though, Apple will announce allow preorders in time for Valentine's Day, and the release iteslf will happen in March.
The original iPad was announced on January 27, 2010, by Steve Jobs. Apple sends out Valentines marketing emails in the last few days in January (e.g. January 30, 2011 & January 29, 2013) So, Apple could send an email that preorders are open around that time.
When the iPhone 6 Plus was announced, we saw shipping delays from preorders go into 3-4 weeks before. To be safe, it looks like early April is going to be ideal. I want to make sure everybody who wants to get the hardware before the hackathon has a chance to, while still not waiting long after the release.
I'm choosing June 13, 2015.
Autumn WatchKit Hackathon
The decision on when to host the Autumn hackathon rests on when iOS 9 and the next generation of WatchKit will be available.
Apple will be announcing new WatchKit functionality at WWDC in June. They'll have lots of sessions teaching the best ways to use the new platform. And perhaps, we'll even get expanded functionality.
iOS Release Dates
October 12, 2011
September 19, 2012
September 18, 2013
September 17, 2014
I want to ensure that we have access to the final code and full SDK for the Fall Hackathon. The reason is that as we saw this year Apple made changes over time during the Xcode and iOS betas between the announcements at WWDC in June and the final release in September. If we're going to have a hackathon it will be best to work with final release, not the beta. In the past, Apple has also held its developers to NDA during the beta period.
All four iOS releases happened on a Wednesday. That pegs the projected release of iOS 9 to September 16, 2015.
This means that we'd want to have September 26-27, 2014.