updated 09:10 am EDT, Mon March 28, 2011
Promises 'future of iOS and MacOS'
Apple has officially announced the date of this year's Worldwide Developers Conference. The event will run June 6th through the 10th, and take place at Moscone West in San Francisco. Over 100 technical sessions will be available on Mac and iOS development and deployment, and over 1,000 Apple engineers are promised for help on specific technical issues.
Perhaps most significant is that the company is promising to "unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS." The Mac component is expected in that Mac OS X Lion is scheduled to launch sometime this summer. The statement about iOS, however, may have much broader implications.
In recent years Apple has previewed major iOS updates in March before a release in June or July, timed to coincide with the launch of a new iPhone. If the company is only offering a first preview in June, however, it may support rumors that Apple is planning to push iOS 5 to the fall. The firmware has been described as a "major revamp," and could focus on cloud services, improved notifications and/or an overhaul of Maps. It could even launch in parallel with another iPad update, though normally only Macs stand a chance of being refreshed more than once a year.
Also scheduled to take place at WWDC is the Apple Design Awards, which unlike last year will include a Mac category alongside iPad and iPhone apps. Tickets are now on sale for the conference at a price of $1,599 each. To be eligible, people must be registered Apple developers.