Apple sets June 2008 for Worldwide Developer Conference

Every year Apple gathers its developers together at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) to show them the most exciting upcoming technologies and how they can be used in their applications. Apple set June 9-13, 2008 for this year’s conference.

Not surprisingly, Apple will discuss the recently released iPhone software development kit (SDK) in great detail. WWDC will mark the first time Apple will meet with the developers since the SDK’s announcement.

The iPhone SDK allows third-party developers to write native applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. Several applications like AIM instant messaging and some games were shown during an event in Cupertino last week.

iPhone topics at WWDC 2008 include “Getting Started,” “Build Powerful Applications,” “Create Engaging Media Experiences,” “Target the Web” and “Integrate the Technologies of iPhone.”

June is also the date that Apple has set for the release of iPhone software 2.0, a significant upgrade to the devices operating system and functionality. It seems reasonable that we would see a demo of the software during a Steve Jobs keynote address before its release in late June.

The iPhone isn’t the only product on the agenda. Of course, the Mac always plays a big role at WWDC. In previous year’s Jobs has used his keynote to highlight new features of upcoming operating systems.

Topics included in the Mac OS X track this year include “The Essentials,” “Sophisticated Tools,” “Leopard Feature Integration,” “Rich Media and Powerful Graphics” and “Dynamic Web Experiences.”

Apple will also be putting on IT tracks that include “Leverage Rich IT Applications and Services,” “Deploy & Manage with Ease” and “Go Beyond the Desktop.”

Last year Apple had 300 sessions, 94 hands-on labs and 1200 Apple engineers on site to work with developers.

Update: Adjusted one paragraph about the release of iPhone software. 5:56 pm ET

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