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).