updated 10:16 am EDT, Wed April 24, 2013
Will feature new versions of OS X, iOS
Apple has formally announced the details of its 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference. The event will run from June 10 through the 14 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Tickets will go on sale April 25 at 10AM Pacific time, and Apple is promising over 100 technical sessions presented by over 1,000 Apple engineers. As usual, the conference will focus on helping developers creating, deploying, and integrating OS X and iOS-based projects, and networking between fellow developers.
Significantly, the company is promising to provide new versions of both OS X and iOS to developers, neither of which have been formally hinted at by Apple until now. Very few rumors about either upgrade have surfaced.
iOS 7 has been described in rumors as a "rather significant system-wide UI overhaul," and as "making many people [at Apple] really happy," but something that will "make rich-texture-loving designers sad," though this may not be accurate. Lead Apple designer Jonathan Ive is in charge of the project, having taken over from fired iOS head Scott Forstall.
Apple Design Awards at the conference will include iPhone, iPad, and Mac categories. The company once dropped the Mac category to emphasize iOS, but has since kept it intact.