Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, otherwise known as WWDC, has become something of a can’t-miss event in the tech world over the past few years. But if we go back in time to the pre-iPhone era, WWDC was a bit more subdued, a bit more developer oriented, and dare I say, a bit more boring.
Indeed, if you weren’t an avid Apple enthusiast, odds are that WWDC wasn’t even on your radar back in the early 2000s. Back then, WWDC wasn’t anything close to the public spectacle it has since become. So while it’s a safe bet that Apple’s WWDC announcements next week will own the tech news cycle for a few days, such a scenario would have been wholly unheard of back in, say, 2003.