Will iPhone 5 be unveiled at Apple WWDC on 6 June?

28 Mar 2011

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Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will take place 6-10 June in San Francisco, California, where the company will outline its future vision for iOS and Mac OS. The two big question are will the iPhone 5 be unveiled and will CEO Steve Jobs do the keynote?

Apple today announced it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on 6-10 June at San Francisco’s Moscone West.

At this year’s conference, Apple said it will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS, including demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers can build using Apple’s advanced frameworks and information from more than 100 technical sessions to be presented by Apple engineers.

“If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

Apple’s much-anticipated iPhone 5 may be launched at the event. Various rumours suggest parts delays and development hurdles may, however, delay the launch of the new smartphone to August or September. However, Apple has made no statement on the matter.

Well sourced Apple blogger Jim Dalrymple, however, has been adamant that no hardware will be unveiled at this year’s WWDC and that it will be a software only event.

The other big question is will Jobs, who has taken health-related leave, make himself available for the keynote and indeed the big reveal of the next iPhone. Jobs certainly made himself available for the worldwide iPad 2 unveiling in recent weeks so it’s more than likely he won’t miss this occasion.

What to expect at the 2011 WWDC

Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. Mac developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities.

Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying development techniques and best practices to enhance their apps.

Activities at Apple’s WWDC 2011 include:

• More than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and Mac OS technologies;

• More than 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques, and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and Mac OS technologies in their apps;

• The opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iPad, iPhone and Mac developers from around the world;

• Apple Design Awards, which recognise iPad, iPhone and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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