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Apple Says Developer Conference Slated For June

Apple has confirmed that it'll hold its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco this June, but it's unclear whether Steve Jobs will appear at the event.

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Some developers who've dug into the recently released iPhone 3.0 code have suggested that a more sophisticated next-generation Apple iPhone could be in the offing. iPhone 3.0 not only added long awaited features like copy/paste, but also appeared to signal Apple's intention to turn the iPhone into a full-fledged gaming platform.

OS X Snow Leopard could be another big splash at this year's WWDC, which will include sessions on how to prepare for Snow Leopard's 64-bit architecture, tapping into multi-core and GPU computing, and transitioning from traditional QuickTime APIs to QuickTime X. according to Apple's Web site.

Two new technologies in Snow Leopard have garnered the lion's share of attention since Apple first started talking about Snow Leopard at last year's WWDC in June: Grand Central, which adds support for multicore processors and parallel computing; and OpenCL, which lets applications tap into unused GPU computing power.

Now that Apple has announced for WWDC, speculation will no doubt begin ramping up as to whether Apple CEO Steve Jobs will appear at the event. Jobs, who took a health-related leave of absence in January, isn't scheduled to return to Apple until the end of June.

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