Apple Releases WWDC 2012 Schedule to Attendees

Apple has revealed the schedule for its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), confirming that the annual event will start off with a keynote address. While the company did not specify who would deliver the keynote, going by the historical record, CEO Tim Cook will likely take charge.

In the 2011 WWDC, late CEO Steve Jobs made his penultimate public appearance to deliver the keynote. This year’s event will be the first since Jobs’ death last October. As such, Cook will most likely be Apple’s go-to guy, following the firm’s long-standing tradition.

Only attendees have received copies of the full conference schedule, but the updates to Apple’s two operating systems – iOS 6 and Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion – is certain to be intensively covered during WWDC.

Technology Business Research analyst, Ezra Gottheil forecast that Apple will formally introduce iOS 6 at WWDC, similar to the company’s big reveal of iOS 5 to developers in last year’s event. Gottheil hopes that the new mobile OS will come with an application programming interface for Siri that would allow third-party developers call on the voice assistant from inside their own apps.

Apple has only revealed a broad “late summer” release window for Mountain Lion, and some fans are hoping that it will get released on or around WWDC. At the very least, Apple could use the conference to show new features in the new OS as well as its price and actual release date.

The 5-day WWDC kicks off on June 11, with the keynote scheduled for 10 AM Pacific Time. Pre-orders for the conference’s 5,000 tickets were sold out within two hours when they were released April, despite costing $1,599 a pop.