Apple's annual developer conference coming in June

This morning, Apple announced that Worldwide Developer Conference 2011 will be June 6-10 in San Francisco. "Join us for a preview of the future of iOS and Mac OS X" Apple's WWDC 2011 info page proclaims. Which has me scratching my head. What about all those rumors that Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" is near golden master. Isn't the future coming sooner?

Apple is known for being indirect -- and, yes, secretive -- where the subtlest information in an announcement can convey other meaning, or rumormongers make subtleties to mean more than they should. So I'll watch with interest to see how the Mac fan club of bloggers and journalists interprets Apple's press release quoting Phil Schiller, senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, and not CEO Steve Jobs. Remember, Jobs is on medical leave. Surely someone will ask if this means he won't give the keynore. Relax the interpretations. WWDC 2011 is months way, I say.

It's like weekend rumors that Apple has delayed iOS 5. Oh, yeah? How can something for which there is no public ship date be delayed? That said, Wall Street might take interest should iPhone 5 not ship with iOS 5.

Apple charges $1,599 for developers to participate. The focus will be iOS and Mac OS X. WWDC 2011 will feature 100 technical sessions, for which information isn't publicly available (Is it really ever?).

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