Apple Sets June Date for WWDC; Will a New iPhone Launch
Apple said Wednesday that it will host its Worldwide Development Conference (WWDC) on June 7, a likely venue for introducing a new iPhone.
Apple will hold the WWDC from June 7 through June 11 in San Francisco at the Moscone West conference center, a popular venue for local technology conferences.
Naturally, Apple did not make any statements about whether it would launch new hardware at the show, but did make it clear that iPhone OS 4 would be in the spotlight. Apple announced a developer preview of the OS on April 8.
Not surprisingly, an Apple announcement of a new iPhone will be eagerly anticipated. However, the saga of the lost or stolen prototype iPhone has overshadowed the launch, as Gizmodo has already printed a hands-on evaluation of the new prototype. Consumers, of course, will be interested to see whether the site was indeed right.
That iPhone prototype issue is currently being treated as a potential criminal investigation by the San Mateo Country District Attorney’s office, although no charges have been filed. Police seized computers and servers belonging to Jason Chen, a Gizmodo editor, and reports now say that police know and have interviewed the individual who found the prototype at a Redwood City, Calif. cafe.
Apple said sessions would be concentrated in five areas: application frameworks, the Internet and Web, graphics and media, developer tools and the core OS. Apple will almost certainly encourage and assist developers into implementing HTML 5 technologies into their applications, as Apple has rather vocally criticized Flash and has banned it from even content creation. However, a press release announcing the WWDC show listed just one, “Using HTML5 Local Data Storage”.
Additionally, there will be five iPad and five iPhone Apple Design Award winners announced at WWDC 2010, Apple said. “There is no requirement to enter and winners will be selected from the App Store based on criteria that includes design, technical excellence, innovation, quality, technology adoption and performance,” the company said. Apple has also listed sessions on iAds, its new integrated mobile ad platform, which have already been criticized for misreading customer preferences.
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