Apple has set June 7 through 11 as the dates for its Worldwide Developer Conference, to be held once again in the San Francisco Moscone Center, the company announced.
Apple did not say who would deliver the keynote address. Last year, that role was filled by Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, because CEO Steve Jobs was on medical leave while recovering from a liver transplant. Jobs has been the keynote speaker in prior years.
Apple faithful will also be expecting news of a new iPhone, given that it has been Apple’s pattern over the last few years to introduce the iPhone in June or July, and the iPhone 3GS was introduced at the start of last year’s WWDC. One of the many take-aways from the recent fourth-generation iPhone leakis that Apple is nearly finished with development and in the final testing stages.
WWDC 2010will focus on five key technology tracks: Application Frameworks; Internet & Web; Graphics & Media; Developer Tools; and Core OS. There will be more than 100 sessions and labs, covering iPhone, iPad and Mac development.
This will be the first WWDC with iPad sessions, as the product was just a rumor last year. Since Apple began selling the touchscreen tablet earlier this month, it’s sold more than 500,000 units. Apple has begun shipping the iPad 3G to customersthat pre-ordered the device, which carries a $130 premium over the Wi-Fi-only unit.
Jobs’s other show date
Even if he doesn’t appear at WWDC, Jobs is getting out of the office the week prior for a rare public appearance. He will be in southern California the first week of June for the eighth annual D Conference, hosted by All Things Digital and The Wall Street Journal technology columnist Walter Mossberg. Jobs last spoke at the D Conferencein 2007, when he gave a widely-reported, onstage interview aside longtime rival and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
D8, as the show is called, will feature other tech luminaries, including FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski; former AOL CEO Steve Case Peter Chou, CEO of HTC (which Apple is suing), former HP CEO and now a candidate for U.S. Senate Carly Fiorina; film director James Cameron and Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook.
Andy Patrizio is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.