Apple to hold World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC 2006) in August

Apple today announced WWDC 2006 will be held August 7-11 in San Francisco, CA. Last year, June 6-10, WWDC 2005 attendees watched Apple unveil its plan to transition to Intel microprocessors and then headed to the lab to run their code on Intel-based prototype systems. This immediate, hands-on access to the newest Apple technologies happens for developers at WWDC and nowhere else. WWDC 2004 ran June 28 – July 2 in San Francisco.

Apple is offering the “WWDC E-ticket & Select Membership Bundle” were developers can save $400 when they buy an ADC Select Membership and register early for WWDC 2006.

More info here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rainy Day” for the heads up.]

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  1. Wow, that’s pretty late in comparison to the last couple of years.

    I suspect it will be timed to coincide with the launch of the first Conroe-based Mac Pro systems, given that Conroe is due to be available in volume between Week 36 and Week 40.

    That doesn’t leave a lot of room for Leopard either: are we now predicting an April 2007 launch for the next big cat. Two years without a major OS upgrade from Apple – still it could be worse, I might have been waiting for Vista for the last three years, and then – to add insult to injury – I’d actually get it.

  2. yes, it’s about time to offer the powermac as something besides an enormous 5-hard drive, three foot tall beast. they’re really missing a vital product in this nitch. For Pro users who already have a monitor and don’t want a full fledged tower.

    Would love to see a mini power mac that holds only two HD’s. Can you say powercube?

  3. This is a very telling WWDC date. Previous events have been in May and June. This one is very late in the summer but probably perfectly timed.

    Why? Three words: Intel, Leopard, Vista.

    Apple needs a few more months to round out the entire Mac line with Intel chips. Already there’s iMac, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. Next up will be the iBook replacement, MacBook, then more MacBook Pro models, and probably an entry-level replacement for the PowerMacs; similar look and feel, dual dual core Intel chips (other high end ‘PowerMacs’ will come later in 2006, Xserves by early 2007). And that’s just the start.

    If that’s not introduced by August, it will be by the time WWDC opens.

    Then, WWDC highlights Leopard, which will fix all that’s not quite right with OS X Tiger, polish the GUI, and probably offer 64 bit capability for a new line of Intel chips which will spring in late 2006 or early 2007.

    Leopard will be shown at Macworld 2007 and launched some time in the spring, about two years after Tiger was introduced.

    In the meantime, Vista will get a splash at the end of the year, but Apple may have some surprises by WWDC and certainly a few by Macworld 2007.

    Tera Patricks

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