CUPERTINO, Calif. (
has confirmed that CEO Steve Jobs will make the opening keynote at the tech giant's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next month.
There has been intense speculation that
at the event, which is taking place at San Francisco's Moscone Center and will be covered live by
In a statement released on Monday, Apple confirmed that Jobs will deliver the keynote on Monday, June 7 at 10 a.m. PDT. According to Apple, some 5,000 developers will be attending this year's event, which sold out in a record eight days.
Apple has previously launched phone hardware at WWDC, unveiling its iPhone 3G at the
. The following year, the souped-up iPhone 3GS also made its debut at WWDC.
, the latest version of its smartphone operating system, and there is great interest in a redesigned iPhone.
In a recent survey of 1,000 people, RBC analyst Mike Abramsky said that 20% of respondents are planning to buy the fourth version of the iPhone. This is more than twice the number of eager buyers surveyed prior to the launch the original iPhone in 2007.
Last month, technology Web Site
got ahold of a prototype of the new iPhone, after it was left in a bar by an Apple employee.
The new iPhone appears to be flatter than its predecessors with metal buttons on the side. The phone is also apparently lacking the shiny plastic curved back and the shiny chrome frame associated with previous iPhones.
True to form, Apple has not yet given any hints of what will be announced at WWDC. On thing is for certain, though -- Jobs will receive a hero's welcome after missing last year's conference while out on medical leave.
-- Reported by James Rogers in New York
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