Apple officially announces WWDC 2011 dates

Apple has announced details of the Worldwide Developer Conference which often sees the launch of new products from Steve Jobs and the Cupertino cabal.

The five-day whoop-fest kicks off on June 6th and runs until June 10th and is ostensibly a gathering of geeks who code for the company's operating systems.

Never an outfit to miss an opportunity to get some vocal loving from an appreciative and entirely on-side audience, Apple often uses WWDC to showcase new software and has occasioanlly been known to slip the odd product or two into the mix.

The iPhone 3Gs, the iPhone 4 and several flavours of Mac laptop have all seen the light of day for the first time at the software soirée and it's not beyond the realms of possibility that the iPhone 5 will make a showing at this year's event.

What we will definitely see is the proper launch of OSX Lion which is currently doing the rounds in developer beta, and the announcement of iOS5 could be on the cards but its imminent release will depend entirely on whether the iPhone tips up or not.

Apart from the major keynotes, WWDC attendees will be able to attend more than 100 technical sessions about OS X and iOS presented by 1,000 Apple engineers who will be milling about to answer questions.

If you're a registered Apple developer who is planning on being anywhere near Moscone West in San Francisco between June 6th and 10th and you have a spare $1,600 kicking about in your other trousers, you can book a ticket now.