WWDC 2009: No Steve Jobs, No Snow Leopard Release
Article by George Norman
On 14 May 2009
The 2009 World Wide Developers Convention (WWDC), the one that Apple confirmed will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where it will kickoff on the 8th of June and will come to a close on the 12th of June, has already sold out. The downside for all the Mackies that will be attending is that Apple has now provided additional info about the event, and there is bad news to report: Steve Jobs will not be holding the keynote speech, and the Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) will not be released with the occasion (it will be showcased though.

“Apple® will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. A team of Apple executives, led by Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, will deliver the keynote. WWDC will offer in-depth sessions on both iPhone™ OS 3.0, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and Mac OS® X Snow Leopard™, an even more powerful and refined version of the world’s best desktop operating system and the foundation for future Mac® innovation,” said the official announcement.


From the simple announcement presented above we get one of the two bits of info we care about: the fact that Steve Job’s keynote speech will be held by a team of Apple execs with Phillip Schiller leading them. But what about the much anticipated Mac OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard, that everyone in the industry was hoping (if not anticipating) will be released at the WWDC? Bad news on this front as well: the operating system will be showcased, but attendees will only get a Developer Preview release.

Senior Vice President of Software Engineering with Apple, Bertrand Serlet, explains: “Last June, we gave developers an early look at the powerful new technologies that form the underpinnings of Mac OS X Snow Leopard. At WWDC, we will be giving our developers a final Developer Preview release so they can see the incredible progress we’ve made on Snow Leopard and work with us as we move toward its final release.”

So what will the WWDC 2009 have, if not a Steve Jobs keynote presentation and a Snow Leopard release. There will be other things, like the following highlights:
- The iPhone OS 3.0 will be showcased, as well as the iPhone OS 3.0 SDK and more than 1,000 new APIs.
- In-depth Snow Leopard technical sessions that drive deep into the technologies included in the Mac OS X 10.6.
- Apple engineers will present more than 100 technical sessions on a wide range of topics.
- More than 1,000 Apple engineers will present the latest Apple developed technologies.

Tags: Apple, WWDC, Worldwide Developers Conference, Steve Jobs, Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6
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