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Apple Announces June 6 Start Date for WWDC 2011

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Apple’s (s aapl) annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be held beginning June 6 this year at Moscone West in San Francisco. The conference lasts five days, running until June 10, and Apple says the focus of the conference will be the future of iOS and Mac OS X. While Apple makes no mention of it in its press release, the company also typically unveils its annual iPhone hardware refresh at the keynote for WWDC.

Apple’s official announcement focuses mainly on the developer-oriented aspects of the conference, and includes a list of the event activities: technical sessions, Apple engineers on hand to provide developers with detailed assistance, and the annual Apple Design Awards which reward excellence in app design.

From a consumer perspective, there are three things that WWDC will be worth watching for: OS X Lion, iOS 5 and the iPhone 5. Lion is a lock, as Apple has already previewed the new Mac OS and announced it was aiming for a WWDC release for OS X 10.7, and it’s almost a certainty Apple will once again unveil a new iPhone at the event’s keynote (likely June 7), as it has done consistently with new iPhone iterations. iOS 5 is a bit more of an unknown, since some rumors are predicting a fall release for the new mobile operating system. I’d suggest it’s a safe bet that we’ll at least see a preview version of what’s coming in iOS 5 at WWDC.

What do you think we’ll see that’s new and exciting at this year’s event?

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