mocoNews - @ WWDC: Anticipation Builds At Apple's Developer Conference

Tricia Duryee
Monday, June 8, 2009; 4:59 PM

This morning, Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) kicks off its Worldwide Developer Conference with a highly anticipated keynote, led by Phillip Schiller, Apple's SVP of Worldwide Marketing. The company has confirmed that it will discuss the new iPhone operating system and Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Everything else is up for grabs.

As early as 8:30 a.m., developers had lined up around the block of the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, carrying black laptop backpacks with the logo WWDC09. Upstairs hundreds people from the media lined up to get a good seat in the convention center's auditorium?just in case Steve Jobs decides to make a surprise guest appearance.

At the minimum, the company will talk about the new features of the iPhone 3.0, which include everything from copy and paste to MMS to search capabilities with email. Most importantly for developers, the new OS will allow subscriptions and the ability to charge for items within apps. At the most, Apple is rumored to announce a new iPhone that may offer anything from higher processor speeds to more storage to advanced video-recording capabilities. Overall, the event is really serving one purpose: to decide if Apple still has it's iPhone mojo, or if other devices like the Palm (NSDQ: PALM) Pre, have stolen its glory. I can tell you that already once this morning, I've seen a Palm Pre being demonstrated to another attendee.

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