Apple Online Store“Third-party developers heaved a sigh of relief [yesterday] morning as Apple finally announced the dates for its 2010 Worldwide Developer Conference,” Dan Moren reports for Macworld.

“But that sigh was quickly followed by a raised eyebrow of curiosity as they noticed that Apple had dropped the Mac software category from its long-running Apple Design Awards,” Moren reports. “Instead, the awards will cover only iPhone and iPad applications available on the App Store.”

Moren reports, “While ADAs are handed out every year at WWDC, the list of categories change to take into account Apple’s latest technologies… But while iPhone and iPad apps are clearly the topic of the moment in 2010, it would also have been the first year for showing off apps that take advantage of features in the latest version of Mac OS X, Snow Leopard, which debuted last August.”

“The ADAs aren’t the only place that the Mac seems to have gotten short shrift,” Moren reports. “Apple’s dubbed WWDC 2010 ‘the center of the app universe’ and the list of sessions reference ‘how to harness the revolutionary technologies in iPhone OS.'”

Moren reports, “[However] Mac OS X isn’t wholly absent from the 2010 proceedings. There are several WWDC sessions that deal specifically with the Mac, such as ‘I/O Kit Device Drivers for Mac OS X,’ and ‘OpenGL for Mac OS X,’ and several of the other session descriptions put the Mac on even footing with the iPhone OS. And of course, since the Mac and iPhone operating systems share an underlying foundation, many of the sessions apply to both platforms.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Another Irish Dude” for the heads up.]