Apple schedules June conference

March 26, 2009

With the Apple’s developers conference now formally on the schedule for June 8-12, that leaves more than two full months for the rumor mill to really crank up.

With updates of Mac laptops, desktops and iPod shuffles already on the books, whispers, speculation and conjecture abound about what — if anything — the company has in store for the gathering, to be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

A new iPhone is a distinct possibility, analysts say. Apple released the 3G version at the event last year.

There is also the matter of that much-buzzed-about device that no one seems to be able to quite pin down — a touchscreen of some sort, possibly a netbook or a tablet or a larger iPod.

Of course, many wonder whether Steve Jobs will make an appearance. When he announced his medical leave in January, he said he would return at the “end” of June, although the Apple faithful would certainly be thrilled if he pushed that timeline up a week or two and turned up at the conference. Jobs did not appear at the Macworld expo in early January, the Apple annual meeting in February, or the iPhone software event last week.

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