Apple confirms OSX Lion launch for WWDC

Apple has confirmed what the world and its Wi-fi had already guessed, that OSX Lion will be launched at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco of June 6th.

The next iteration of Apple's desktop OS, which the company has already said takes all of the best bits from the company's iOS mobile operating system and integrates them into the full-blown version, will be unveiled by Steve Jobs himself at the Moscone West conference centre.

The keynote, which starts at 4pm UK time, will be kicked off by charismatic [you sure about that? Ed] Apple frontman Steve Jobs, but will probably be handed to the likes of Phil Schiller or Tim Cook in order to let sickly Steve to have a bit of a breather.

As well as the eighth version of OSX, Apple will also unveil the next version of its mobile operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPods: iOS5.

For the first time ever, Apple has also announced that it will be unveiling (note 'unveiling' rather than 'launching') a new cloud service which is now officially called iCloud, much to no-one's great surprise.

With all of that software on the cards, the chances of any new hardware are slim to none in our book, so anyone waiting for the iPhone 5, iPad 3 or some other revolutionary iThingy shouldn't hold their breath.

WWDC 2011, which is the back-slappiest of all the self-congratulatory Apple gatherings which happen throughout the year, starts on June 6th and sold out all of its $1600 tickets within days of going on sale. [So you've still got a month to grab a bucket - Ed.]