Apple announces WWDC 2010

Apple announced on Wednesday that this year’s World Wide Developers Conference will take place in San Francisco from June 7 to 11. 

Held annually in the summer by Apple, the conference targets iPhone and Mac developers to work in over 100 technical sessions and hands-on labs with Apple engineers. More than 1,000 Apple engineers will be available on deck at the Moscone West Center for instruction and tutorial. This years conference will center on five key tracks:

  • Application Frameworks: Implementing Local and Push Notifications; Future Proofing Your App; Understanding Foundation; What’s New in Foundation for iPhone OS 4; Advanced Cocoa® Text Tips and Tricks; API Design for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch®; Advanced Gesture Recognition; Integrating Ads with iAd; Building a Server-driven Personalized User Experience; Using Core Location in iPhone OS 4; and Calendar Integration with Event Kit.
  • Internet & Web: Delivering Audio and Video Using Web Standards; Getting the Most Out of Safari® Integrated Developer Tools; Using HTML5 Local Data Storage; Adding Touch and Gesture Detection to Webpages on iPhone OS; and Creating Info Graphics with Standard Web Technologies.
  • Graphics & Media: OpenGL ES Tuning & Optimization; OpenGL ES Shading & Advanced Rendering; OpenGL ES Overview for iPhone OS; OpenGL for Mac OS X; Game Design and Development for iPhone OS; Introduction to Game Center; Setting Up Games on Game Center; Game Center Techniques; Core Animation in Practice; Discovering AV Foundation; Editing Media with AV Foundation; and Advances in HTTP Live Streaming.
  • Developer Tools: Developer Tools Overview; Designing Apps with Interface Builder; Working Effectively with Objective-C® on iPhone OS; Mastering Core Data; Advanced Objective-C and Garbage Collection Techniques; Advanced Performance Analysis with Instruments; Mastering Xcode for iPhone Development; and Adopting Multitasking on iPhone OS.
  • Core OS: Network Apps for iPhone OS; Core OS Networking; Creating Secure Apps; Developing Apps that Work with iPhone OS Accessories; I/O Kit Device Drivers for Mac OS X; and Simplifying Networking Using Bonjour®.

Though a prototype has already been detailed, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is expected to officially reveal the next iPhone in his opening keynote on June 7. Rumors so far have pointed to a new 960 x 640 display, a front facing camera, and an Apple A4 chip. This months earlier preview of iPhone OS 4 brought multitasking, folders, iBooks, Game Center, iAds, and more to the platform. 

Apple historically details the next version of Mac OS X at WWDC, though it is not yet clear if v10.7 will make an appearance this year as the company has been intently focused on its iPhone OS for the iPad and iPhone. For the first time since its creation, the Apple Design Awards will only be awarded to iPhone and iPad apps (5 each). 

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Why? Apple has made it perfectly clear that the iPhone OS product range is the future. The Mac lineup is legacy. It is what Apple was to Macintosh. Why support the past, they need to move forward. Within two years, the only individuals that will need the current Mac OSX will be developers. Everyone else will be using the iOS. Steve may deny this now, but we all know that the future of Apple is a locked down set of network friendly devices.

Master1 said,
Hopefully a decent MBP refresh this time around

Why, what is wrong with the Core 2? the last upgrade before this recent one was 6-7 months before - who only keeps their laptop for 7 months? good lord, no wonder the US is the debt ridden country that it is with so many people throwing out perfectly good laptops after only owning them for 7 months!

I should have been more specific. There are rumors the iPhone will be released in June rather than July. That's what I meant by earlier than normal (Expected).

It has been expected to be released this summer, just like all previous iPhone revisions. How would announcing it at WWDC be "earlier than expected"?

I still think it is quite a bit early to announce the next incarnation of Leopard. Snow Leopard was released quite recently, it's only just been a year. I think that'd be quite a surprise if they announce 10.7 and a considerably short OS cycle. Besides it appears that the portable devices will be the main focus this year.

Zoom7000 said,
I still think it is quite a bit early to announce the next incarnation of Leopard. Snow Leopard was released quite recently, it's only just been a year. I think that'd be quite a surprise if they announce 10.7 and a considerably short OS cycle. Besides it appears that the portable devices will be the main focus this year.

No 10.7 talk yet. Many resources from the OS X development were deployed in the iPhone OS development, and since iPhone OS 4.0 is going to be so big, I doubt they really had time to work on awesome features for 10.7. If they did, I doubt they're stable enough to be presentable in a keynote.

Actually, it would be about the right time for a developer preview, considering Apple's typical release cycle. Snow Leopard was, even by Apple's own assertion, a minor release. For all we know, they have been working on 10.7 since before 10.6 was released.

PsykX said,

No 10.7 talk yet. Many resources from the OS X development were deployed in the iPhone OS development, and since iPhone OS 4.0 is going to be so big, I doubt they really had time to work on awesome features for 10.7. If they did, I doubt they're stable enough to be presentable in a keynote.

True, 10.6 was only a minor release... but heres hoping for a $35 upgrade to 10.7!

Shadrack said,
True, 10.6 was only a minor release... but heres hoping for a $35 upgrade to 10.7!

I doubt it; if there is 10.7 it'll probably be the end of next year at the earliest, using Clang/LLVM as the default compiler, and maybe more user visible changes - maybe a a clean up of the UI using the underlying technologies, possibly even a switch to the 64bit kernel by default

EgyptianDuck said,
Why do WWDC's posters always look so nice?

You think so? I mean, sure, it's all Appley and professional looking, but from a design perspective it strikes me as a bunch of flarey, glossy, twisty effects amateurs were playing with 10 years ago.

Joshie said,

You think so? I mean, sure, it's all Appley and professional looking, but from a design perspective it strikes me as a bunch of flarey, glossy, twisty effects amateurs were playing with 10 years ago.

It's SHINY!

EgyptianDuck said,
Why do WWDC's posters always look so nice?
because theres only so much you can do with one button on your mouse.

GO GO FLAMESUIT!

Edited by SirEvan, Apr 29 2010, 5:02pm :

That's a bit earlier than expected. Lots of rumors were pointing at very late June. It's also a bit late to annouce, lots of people are probably scrambling to get plane tickets now.