Apple Show to Flaunt Tigers Stripes

At its June Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple's focus will be on its "Tiger" version of Mac OS X.

Innovation will be a key theme at Apple Computer Inc.s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, which this year will include more sessions and more labs for developers.

Representatives of the Cupertino, Calif.-based company announced Tuesday that the 2005 edition of Apples annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be held in San Francisco June 6 through 10.

The convention, for registered Apple developers only, regularly hosts classes and seminars for developers and often offers peeks at upcoming Apple technologies. In past years, the events keynote, hosted by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, presented some of the first views of Mac OS X and its underlying technologies.

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This year, said Ron Okamoto, vice president of worldwide developer relations, "one of the key themes is innovation—were going to be focusing on everything weve done with Tiger," Tiger, the code name of the next version of Mac OS X, is scheduled to be released in the first half of this year.

WWDC 2005 will host more kinds of developer communities, Okamoto added. Previously, he said, conferences saw a preponderance of scientific developers, but Apple is hoping for more attendance by developers of digital media and digital content applications.

Two new system-level technologies in Tiger, CoreImage and CoreAudio, Okamoto said, are likely to attract developers of applications that would not usually be considered related to digital media. He gave the example that even a text editor could, using these two technologies, include all advanced graphics and sound features available to the operating system itself.

/zimages/4/82445.jpgThe 2004 conference, Okamoto said, drew about 3,500 attendees. WWDC is open to all registered members of the Apple Developer Connection; levels range from a free online membership to a $3,500-per-year Premier membership.

WWDC registration is $1,295 until April 22, at which point the price rises to $1,595. A WWDC ticket with a "Tiger Early Start Kit" is $1,695 until April 22 and $1.995 after that. Premier members receive free WWDC tickets.

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