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Apple execs to preview "Leopard" at WWDC

Apple on Monday formally announced that CEO Steve Jobs will headline a team of Apple executives that will kick off the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in August with a keynote preview of Mac OS X "Leopard."

Throughout the presentation, Jobs will be joined on stage by Philip Schiller, senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, Bertrand Serlet, senior vice president of Software Engineering and Scott Forstall, vice president of Platform Experience.

The keynote is scheduled for Monday, August 7, 2006, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at San Francisco's Moscone West.

"Throughout WWDC, developers will receive detailed information and best practices on developing Universal applications that take advantage of the performance of Intel-based Macs, including special sessions on performance optimization using Apple software development tools," Apple said.

The five-day event, which runs from August 7 to August 11, will deliver more than 175 technical sessions and labs with new content designed to serve a wide range of Mac developers, including tracks that preview Leopard and dozens of hands-on labs providing opportunities to work developer-to-developer with Apple engineers.

Other activities at Apple's WWDC 2006 include:

  • presentation sessions led by engineers and experts delivering the technical information needed to take advantage of current technologies in Tiger, and get ready for what's coming in Leopard;
  • hands-on sessions that allow developers to bring their notebooks and get firsthand knowledge of Apple's best practices for leveraging technologies like Spotlight, Core Image, Xgrid, Core Data, Quartz Composer and more;
  • hands-on, technology specific labs where developers can work one-on-one with Apple engineers to solve problems and answer questions;
  • extra focus on digital media, system administration, game development and scientific computing communities; and
  • special events and activities including the opening night's Apple Developer Connection Reception, Apple Design Awards, Stump the Experts and Late Night Labs.

  • Cost & Registration

    The cost of the five-day conference is $1,595 per attendee, with a $300 Early Registration Discount that has been extended through July 7.