May 31, 2011

Steve Jobs Kicking Off WWDC Keynote

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs will open up the company's annual developers' conference next week.

The World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) will kick off June 6 with a keynote speech given by Jobs, who has been on a medical leave from his role in the company.

"It's a good sign he's healthy enough to be there and participate," Pacific Crest Securities analyst Andy Hargreaves told Reuters, but he added that "it's not a huge surprise" because of the executive's appearances at other events.

Jobs, 56, went on leave in January, which was his third medical absence since 2004.  He underwent an operation for pancreatic cancer in 2004 and received a liver transplant in 2009.

Apple said it will focus its keynote on software upgrades, including the eighth major release of Mac OS X computer operating system "Lion" and a new operating system for its mobile operating products iPhone and iPad.

Reuters reported that Apple could be unveiling a new cloud-based service called iCloud, which would offer remote computing power and data over the Internet.


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