May 29, 2012 at 11:30 AM ET
Apple just confirmed that its keynote event will take place on Monday, June 11, during the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). As usual, expectations are high — the event potentially brings a new product announcement or two.
The keynote will take place at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on June 11. Apple typically kicks WWDC off with such an event, so no one's surprised by its appearance on the WWDC schedule. Instead, the focus is on whether or not a new product will be announced when Apple CEO Tim Cook steps onto a stage in San Francisco, California two weeks from now.
As I've explained when I reviewed what we can expect to hear from Apple, both at WWDC and for the rest of the year, the Cupertino-based company is prone to releasing major iOS updates during the summer. And besides, WWDC — as its name implies — is a global crossroads for Mac and iOS developers, and generally focuses on software, rather than hardware. So, if I were placing bets on what will be announced at WWDC 2012, I'd put my big money on iOS 6.
Of course — with the exception of the iPhone 4S — every new iPhone model hit the shelves in either June or July. This pattern has many believing that the next-generation Apple smartphone will be announced during WWDC. Unfortunately for those hopeful folks, most recent reports shoot down the idea that the next iPhone will make an appearance on that day.
If you want to read more about this — and other Apple-themed — speculation, I suggest heading over to our recent rumor round-up. And once you're done with that, hit the comments and tell us what you think Apple's keynote event will bring.
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