Apple Partners Ponder Possibilities For WWDC


Jay Wooten, president of Visual Dynamics, an Apple specialist in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., expects Apple to present a variety of iPhone development news at the event.

"There will be some interesting information regarding the iPhone OS, as well as a wealth of information regarding development techniques, more in-depth information about application frameworks as well as information on upcoming core OS technologies," he said.

WWDC, slated for June 7 to 11 in San Francisco, will give Apple a chance to put the iPhone 4G situation behind it and concentrate on its iPhone developer tools. Partners aren't expecting a continuation of the current iPhone 4G drama.

"Apple did its part on getting its lost iPhone back," he said. "I think they are going to keep quiet about that incident, except for the one-line joke Steve Jobs will make during his keynote," said Luigi Giovanetti, co-owner of CPU Sales And Service in Waltham, Mass.

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"I don't think the lost iPhone will affect WWDC announcements," said Mark Greenblatt, president of Los Angeles-based Apple reseller MacEnthusiast. "I hear they have taken Mac OSX programmers away from OSX and put almost all of them on iPad OS since Snow Leopard was released."

According to a statement released by Apple, developers can look forward to five areas of concentration: application frameworks, the Internet and Web, graphics and media, actual developer tools and the core OS.

"This year's WWDC offers developers in-depth sessions and hands-on working labs to learn more about iPhone OS 4, the world's most advanced mobile operating system," said Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone software in a statement.

"WWDC provides a unique opportunity for developers to work side-by-side with Apple engineers and interface designers to make their iPhone and iPad apps even better."

Despite the vagueness around what WWDC has in store, partners' expectations remain high.

"I am personally very excited to learn more about HTML 5," Wooten said. "I am not really a Web developer, but I think it's a wonderful open-source, cross-platform technology that is quickly being adopted at the standard."