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Tuesday, February 06, 2007, 02:25 pm PT (05:25 pm ET)

Apple confirms June date for Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple this week acknowledged that its 2007 Worldwide Developers Conference will take place during the second week of June in downtown San Francisco, two months earlier than the previous year.

The Mac maker said the annual gathering of software and hardware developers will run June 11th through the 15th, confirming dates published by AppleInsider last month.

"This June, the center of the Mac universe will be in downtown San Francisco, as developers and IT professionals from around the globe come together for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference," the company said. "Don't miss this opportunity to connect with Apple engineers, get a firsthand look at the latest technology, and spend a week getting the kind of inspiration you won't find anywhere else."

Further details, including the host venue, were not provided. However, it's been reported that the conference will remain at the Moscone West convention center.

Last year's WWDC took place during the second week of August and gave way to the first public demonstration of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, new Xeon Xserves, and the quad-core Mac Pro workstation.

This year's conference is expected to coincide with the consumer release of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and the launch of at least one new Mac system.