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June 01, 2011

Jobs Plans to Be Present for Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

Steve Jobs is still out of work on an extended medical leave, but the Apple (News - Alert) CEO is planning to be present on Monday when the company holds its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC.)

Jobs will join with Apple executives – and will give a keynote address during the event to be held in San Francisco, according to a company statement.

Apple will unveil what the company is calling “its next generation software” – Lion – which is the eighth major release of Mac OS X. In addition, also unveiled will be iOS 5, the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system which powers the iPad, iPhone (News - Alert) and iPod touch; and iCloud, Apple’s new cloud services offering.

The WWDC will also include over 100 sessions led by engineers from Apple.

During the sessions, developers will learn how to develop Mac OS X Lion apps. Also, mobile developers will learn about iOS.

An added benefit is that developers can bring their code to the lab and work with Apple engineers, the company said.

For details, visit the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website.

In media reports, iCloud is getting a lot of attention. CNET reported that Apple did not say that its iCloud service will relate to music, “perhaps suggesting that it may have more than one function.”

Yet, the San Jose Mercury News reports, in a story carried by TMCnet that, “Bloggers and news sites … have been buzzing for weeks that Apple has been in negotiations with major labels to allow iTunes customers to listen to their music collections over an Internet connection, regardless of which gadget they're using.”

Jobs has had a limited role for Apple since taking medical leave for an undisclosed medical ailment. He delighted attendees when he recently appeared in March for the introduction of the second version of the wildly popular iPad.

When asked about Jobs recently, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said in a statement carried by TMCnet, “We do see him on a regular basis. … He continues to be involved in major strategic decisions, and he wants to be back full-time as soon as he can.”

Cook is running Apple on a day-to-day basis.

In a related matter, TMCnet reports that Jobs was in the spotlight in March after he sent a message to Apple employees in Japan, following the massive earthquake and tsunami.

The text, as reported by Chihouban, read in part:

“We have all been following the unfolding disaster in Japan. Our hearts go out to you and your families, as well as all of your countrymen who have been touched by this tragedy. Again, our hearts go out to you during this unimaginable crisis. Please stay safe.”

Ed Silverstein is a TMCnet contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell
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