By Vamien McKalin | Apr 26, 2012 10:04 AM EDT
Steve Jobs might not be around anymore, but that doesn't mean Apple has lost its thunder to draw big crowds. The company's WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) is scheduled to kick off on June 11, 2012 and will run through the 15th in San Francisco. From what we understand, the conference has been sold out in no less than two hours, paving the way for Apple to take to the stage and make a huge splash. But what we're wondering is will the sixth generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5, make a splash?
WWDC being sold out in two hours is the fastest in the history of the event; this is good news for Apple as the company can use this for momentum when making any new or leaked announcements. Many tech watchers are expecting Apple to announce the new iPhone, but like WWDC last year, Apple might focus more on software than hardware, much to the disappointment of iPhone fans who are eagerly awaiting a refresh to go with their new iPad.
To prove we are not just talking out of our nostrils, marketing chief Philip Schiller stated that "We have a great WWDC planned this year and can't wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers." As you can see, nothing was mentioned about the iPhone or any other hardware for that matter.
We like how Apple is allowing developers as young as 13 years old to enter the conference, but in order for this to happen, these young aspiring developers must bring along a guardian.
It would be nice if Apple talked about iOS6 and newer version of OSX that adopts more of iOS top features along with new ones to keep things fresh. Software might be the focus so no new iPhone and Mac computers might make it to the stage. But we have a feeling Apple will announce new versions of the iPod. Hopefully a new design.
Other things to expect at WWDC are 100 hands-on labs, with over 1,000 Apple engineers to work directly with developers at the code level. If you are an iOS and OSX developer who is new to Apple's world, this could be the break you need to get ideas on how to develop better apps.
For those who were unable to get a ticket, video of the conference will posted on the Apple Website for all to see, and learn.
(reported by Vamien McKalin, edited by Dave Clark)
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