Apple Bans Selfie Sticks, Vaping At WWDC 2015

Apple Bans Selfie Sticks, Vaping At WWDC 2015

The global crusade against the selfie stick continues, this time with the world’s largest gadget company banning the swinging sabres of narcissism at its annual developer conference.

For the sensible people who don’t know what selfie sticks are, it’s basically a long, telescopic pole you attach your phone to, complete with a Bluetooth enabled button on the handle that fires the camera shutter. It’s also one of the seven signs of the apocalypse.


What To Expect From WWDC 2015

Apple’s terms and conditions for the 2015 Worldwide Developer Conference were updated in the wee hours of this morning to include a special little caveat that explicitly bans selfie sticks as well as e-cigarettes.

Under the WWDC 2015 sub-heading of “No Photography, Smoking, or Soliciting”, Apple had this to say (emphasis added):

You are not permitted to make audio or audiovisual recordings of WWDC or take professional photographic or video equipment, or wearable recording devices into Moscone West or Yerba Buena Gardens. In addition, you may not use selfie sticks or similar monopods within Moscone West or Yerba Buena Gardens. Solicitation or selling of items or services is not allowed at WWDC. Any attendee conducting these activities may be removed from WWDC. Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not permitted anywhere inside Moscone West. Please refrain from smoking within 20 feet (6 meters) of the lobby doors.

The WWDC selfie stick ban is the latest in a long line of live events and venues banning the gadgets, with Aussie art galleries and festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza uniting to kick them out.

Would you even want to bring a selfie stick to an event? Tell us why in the comments.

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