Apple Announces WWDC 2010 Dates

Apple has announced dates for the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2010) as running from June 7 to June 11 at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

The theme this year has been titled “The Center of the App Universe,” which indicates that the focus of the conference will be mainly on the many applications available to iPhone OS devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

The Apple Design Awards seem to have forgotten the desktop apps this year, instead only accepting submissions that are available at the App Store. Does this indicate a strong movement away from desktop computers? Daniel Jalkut of Red Sweater Software said of the omission, “Mac developers are some of Apple’s most passionate and faithful boosters, and they build most of the software that makes the platform great. It’s understandable that Apple is focused on the iPhone and iPad this year, but they shouldn’t squander the huge success of the Mac. I think the omission of Mac software from the ADAs represents a missed opportunity for Apple to sustain enthusiasm among Mac developers.” Regardless of Apple’s potential movement away from the desktop, PC World thinks there are a few things we should look out for at WWDC10.

One of those would be the new iPhone. Gizmodo already broke the news of the phone by getting their hands on an iPhone 4G and then taking it apart. Remember though, the phone they procured was only a prototype. The actual new iPhone 4G will most likely get its debut when it was supposed to in the first place, along with the news of the iPhone’s new OS.

Also, there’s news of an Apple Game Center, a new social gaming network. According to PC World, “Game Center can tie into iPhone games and will include things like the ability to challenge your friends to a game and a matchmaking service that lets you find an opponent you don’t know. Game Center will also have leaderboards and achievement tracking. While Apple introduced the feature earlier this month, the company didn’t spend a lot of time on it.” I’d imagine since there’s not a lot information available, it will be revealed in depth at WWDC10.

This promises to be an interesting year for Apple.