WWDC Bumped as Apple Readies 'Panther' Preview

Apple announced it has decided to push back its Worldwide Developers Conference from May 19 to June 23 in order to give the company time to finish a preview version of the next Mac OS X release, code-named "Panther."

The 2003 Worldwide Developers Conference will now take place from June 23 to June 27 in San Francisco, instead of San Jose. 170 sessions are planned for the conference, covering areas such as application frameworks, graphics and hardware.

Panther will be the star of the show at WWDC 2003, just as its predecessor named Jaguar was in 2002. Apple will show off core changes to the much-anticipated Mac OS X update and developers will walk away with Panther in tow.

"Our annual Worldwide Developers Conference provides our developers an in-depth look at the future of the Mac platform, and giving everyone a preview release of Panther is the best way to do that," said Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations, Ron Okamoto. "Moving to June ensures that every developer will leave the event with a copy of Panther in their hands."

Developers can register to attend WWDC 2003 for $1,295 USD before May 23, or $1,595 after that date. More information and registration details can be found on Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference Web site.

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